• By Pacific island Times News Staff

Guam's 57th death, 50 new cases reported

The Joint Information Center today reported Guam's 57th Covid-19-related fatality and 50 new positive cases, bringing the tally to 2,868.

A 61-year-old woman died at the Guam Memorial Hospital at around 12:47 p.m. She had underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on Sept. 4 and was a known positive case.

“Our days have been too full with moments of silence. To those who loved her, Jeff, Lt. Governor Josh, and I offer our heartfelt condolences and sympathies,” said Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero. “This virus is unrelenting and will continue to test our resolve. To the people of Guam, let us reflect on these recent passings and reaffirm our commitment to doing what we can to keep us safe.”

To date, there have been a total of 2,868 officially reported cases of COVID-19 with 57 deaths, 887 cases in active isolation and 1,924 not in active isolation. Of those cases, 2,592 are classified as civilians and 276 are military service members.

Of the 50 new cases from 472 samples tested, 20 were identified through contact tracing. Three cases reported recent travel from the United States and were identified in quarantine.

The Port Authority of Guam reported that another employee has tested positive for Covid -19 which has led to 13 additional employees potentially exposed to the virus.

Port Authority of Guam General Manager Rory J. Respicio was notified of the latest positive case at 4:45 p.m. yesterday and the port’s contact tracing team immediately began working on the recent case.

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By 7 p.m. last night the team identified 13 employees who have been potentially exposed; coordinated their testing, and notified all the potentially exposed employees of the situation. These potentially affected port employees are all scheduled to be tested at the Department of Public Health and Social Services on Friday morning.

“Our thoughts are with our employees who have tested positive and we pray for their full and speedy recovery,” Respicio said.

The latest positive case brings the Port’s total to 10 employees who have tested positive for Covid-19. In total, the contact tracing team has been able to identify 338 cases of close contact exposure with the 10 port employees and has coordinated testing for all exposures.

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Out of the 10 employees with positive cases at the Port, seven of them have returned to regular work status. The remaining three are all experiencing mild to no symptoms and are all expected to be release from isolation.

“The Port continues to take every precaution necessary to combat Covid-19 including daily deep cleaning and sanitizing of the Port facilities, the installation of hand sanitizing stations and the establishment of the Port Clinic,” Respicio said. “We also have stood up our port contact tracing team and established the Port Clinic which has had 28,000 visits by employees and tenants.”

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