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120th death reported; positive cases remain single digit

The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 120th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) on Dec. 20 at approximately 11:45 p.m. The patient was an 80-year-old male with underlying conditions. He was admitted to GMH on Nov.11 and tested positive that same day.

“It has been said that to weep is to make less the depth of grief. To his family and friends, you are not alone in your sorrow and may you continue to find comfort in the outpouring of support around you. Jeff, Lt. Governor Josh, and I send our sincerest condolences,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.

Nine new cases of Covid-19 were identified out of 597 tests performed by the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) on Sunday, Dec. 20, and tests from additional labs from Friday, Dec. 18 to Sunday, Dec. 20, four cases were identified through contact tracing. One case reported recent travel history and were identified in quarantine.

To date, there have been a total of 7,211 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 120 deaths, 431 cases in active isolation and 6,660 not in active isolation.

The DPHSS will continue Phase 1a vaccinations on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Okkodo High School in Dededo, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The school cafeteria and gymnasium will be set up as a temporary vaccination clinic. The doses will be administered through closed points of dispensing.

The following healthcare personnel not affiliated with the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) or Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) defined under the Phase 1a category are encouraged to participate in the temporary:

* Any person who provides health care services. This can include, but is not limited to, physicians, pharmacists, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered and other nurses, paramedics, emergency medical or laboratory technicians, and ambulance and emergency medical workers.


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