Guam mourns first coronavirus-related death


(Updated: the number of Covid-19 cases on Guam is now 27)

A 68-year-old woman, who died early morning today while being treated for Covid-19 at the Guam Memorial Hospital, became Guam's first coronavirus fatality, officials said in a web conference Sunday.

Dr. Joleen Aguon, the governor's Covid-19 advisor, said the woman had no travel history but had contact with a traveler. She was admitted to GMH for fever and shortness of breath on March 15 and stayed at the hospital throughout the week. She died at 1:30 a.m. today.

"Before she could clinically decline, the patient and her family had made a decision not to undergo any extreme life-saving measures, so for the past 36 hours, she was placed in comfort care," Aguon said.

The patient died due to comorbidity. Besides Covid-19 infection, the patient had multiple existing conditions such as end-stage renal disease, diabetes, hyperlipidemia and hypertension, Aguon said. Regardless of Covid-19 infection, Aguon said the patient's immune system had already been suppressed.

Public health Director Linda DeNorcey said one of the people the deceased patient had in contact with tested positive for coronavirus while the rest had been cleared.