• By Pacific island Times News Staff

14 test positive for Covid-19; Guam's cases climb to 245

While Guam is getting ready to reopen tourism on July 1, the Department of Public Health and Social Services reported 14 new Covid-19 positive cases Thursday night. This is the largest number in one day since the May 19 tests that yielded 11 positive results.

DPHSS reported five Covid-19 positive cases on Wednesday.

To date, there have been a total of 245 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with five deaths, 174 released from isolation, and 66 active cases. Of those cases, 203 are classified as civilians, and 42 are military service members.

The latest batch of positive cases was from 309 individuals who were tested on Thursday.

Results include 256 samples from Covid-19 drive-through testing held at the Agana Heights Mayor’s Office and gymnasium on Wednesday.

Covid-19 test results are reported from multiple labs at varying times of the day. The cumulative total from all labs will be reported on a nightly basis, unless unavailable.

Over 500 specimens were collected at today’s Covid-19 drive-through testing in Yona and will be tested on Friday.

On Wednesday, an employee of the Department of Corrections (DOC) did not report for duty because of potential illness. On Thursday, June 25, 2020, this employee went to a clinic and tested positive for Covid-19.

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"DPHSS is aware of the confirmed case and has launched its contact investigation. DOC remains committed to the safety of all staff and prisoners and will continue to work with DPHSS to take every precaution to prevent the spread of Covid-19 within prison facilities. In accordance with reporting protocols with private clinics, this case will be reflected in Guam’s overall case count on Friday," states a press release from the Joint Information Center.

Earlier this week, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) launched a new online campaign designed to reassure incoming visitors that Guam is a safe and healthy destination. The campaign aims to showcase the extra safety measures that the industry is implementing to keep residents and visitors COVID safe.

The recently launched video, titled “Visit Guam Safely” begins with a warm welcome from GVB President and CEO Carl T. C. Gutierrez and features the recognizable Che’lu the Ko’ko’ Bird demonstrating to travelers what they can expect when they travel to Guam in the new COVID safe environment. The video will be shared online with industry stakeholders and travel agents in the source markets and on all of GVB’s social pages.

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The video shows Che’lu safely navigating arrival at the A.B. Won Pat International Airport and enjoyable activities throughout Guam. The video aims to reassure visitors in a fun and beautiful way that Guam’s tourism industry and local businesses have been hard at work to prepare for COVID safe experiences. “As we begin to settle into the new normal, our island is starting to reopen but still living with the threat of COVID-19. This video addresses the health and safety protocols that we have in place to ensure the safety of the traveling public and our residents,” said GVB President & CEO Carl T. C. Gutierrez. “Guam’s visitor industry partners are already implementing proper processes and protocols to make Guam COVID safe. It’s best to showcase what Guam is doing to stay safe particularly as we gear up for the lifting of travel bans and quarantines.”

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