• By Pacific island Times News Staff

Guam's Covid death toll hits 100; Governor says current fatality count lower than previously pro


(Updated)

Guam's Covid-19 death toll has risen to 100, with two fatalities reported today. The number of positive cases has climbed to 6,234, according to the government's latest statistics.

"At the beginning of this pandemic, the models projected we would lose hundreds of lives to Covid-19. While we are thankful that that model did not become our reality, we cannot ignore the magnitude of this death. To his family and friends, Jeff, Lt. Governor Josh, and I offer you our sincerest condolences and sympathies," said Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero.

The Joint Information Center reported the death of a 58-year-old man at the Guam Memorial Hospital. He died around 2:56 p.m. The patient, who had underlying conditions, was admitted to GMH on Oct. 18 and tested positive upon admission.

Earlier in the day, JIC reported the death of a 73-year-old man at GMH around 1:04 a.m. The patient had underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on Nov. 7 and was a known positive case.

“Words may never be enough but to his friends and family, please accept our heartfelt condolences and sympathies. Though this virus is cold and ruthless, we cannot and must not lose hope in this fight. Wear your mask, social distance, and wash your hands—these simple actions can save countless lives," the governor said.

JIC reported 59 new positive cases today. Of this number, 19 cases were identified through contact tracing. Four cases reported recent travel and were identified in quarantine.

Of the 6,234 officially reported cases, 1,796 are in active isolation and 4,338 not in active isolation.

As of Nov. 17, 2020, the COVID Area Risk (CAR) Score is 22.5. The CAR Score accounts for the incidence of new cases, how well current testing identifies these cases, and the rate of spread. An ideal CAR Score for Guam would be 5.0 and below.

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (GEPA) has resumed permit review operations on Monday, Nov. 16. GEPA previously reported on Nov. 6 that an employee had tested positive for Covid-19, prompting the agency to suspend operations at its administration building. Four employees were identified as close contacts and remain in self quarantine. A contractor performed disinfecting services at the agency’s administration building on November 11, and limited operations have resumed.

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