Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero held a press conference at the Guam Homeland Security Office on Sunday, dislosing hree confirmed cased of Covid-9 on Guam. Photo by Mar-Vic Cagurangan
(Updated: The infected patients who travelled to the Philippines were on the Feb. 29 United flight, not March as originally reported by the government)
Guam has three confirmed cases of Covid-19 infection as of Sunday, Gov. Lourdes Leon Guerrero said, warning that more cases are anticipated.
The first two patients, who are related, traveled to the Philippines, where the number of cases has climbed to 140 and death toll hit 11. They came back to Guam on United Airlines' Flight UA189 on Feb. 29 (not March 2 as originally reported by the government.
The third patient has no known travel history, with a family member who recently traveled to Japan, the governor said. They were tested on Saturday and the results came back at 4:40 p.m. Sunday. The three are currently in isolation at the Guam Memorial Hospital,'s Skilled Nursing Unit in Barrigada Heights, the designated isolation facility for Covid-19.
Leon Guerrero said she is confident GMH is capable of handling the situation.
Leon Guerrero said the Department of Public Health and Social Service, the Guam Homeland Security and Guam Customs and Quarantine have begun investigating and tracing passengers who were on the same fight and searching for people who may have been in contact with the infected patients.
“If you were on this flight and have flu-like symptoms, stay home and contact your doctors,” the governor said at a hastily-called press conference at the GHS office. “This is what we have prepared for. While we must expect more cases, everything that can be done is being done.”