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4-month-old baby among three new Covid deaths

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

A four-month-old baby boy was among the three Covid-related deaths reported on Guam today.

The boy was pronounced dead on arrival at the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam on Oct. 13. No other information was available as of this writing.

He was the youngest Covid-related fatality on Guam.

Health authorities on Wednesday reported that Guam had its first physician-diagnosed case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with Covid-19. The case was detected on Oct. 4, according to the Department of Public Health and Social Services.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.

Of the 56 hospital admissions, two were pediatric cases.

The 221st Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City on Oct. 14, 2021. The patient was a 64-year-old male, vaccinated, with underlying health conditions. He tested positive on Sept. 24 and was admitted on Sept. 29.

The 222nd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at GRMC on Oct. 14. The patient was a 21-year-old female, unvaccinated, with underlying health conditions. She tested positive upon admission on Sept. 28, 2021.

“As a mother and grandmother, I cannot think of a greater, more excruciating pain than the loss of a child. In times of mourning, saying goodbye to anyone is never easy, but saying goodbye to a sweet infant is truly devastating,” said Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero.

“Jeff, Josh and I offer our heartfelt sympathies and prayers for all those who have lost loved ones and that our community be ever mindful that this horrible disease touches us all, especially the most vulnerable and defenseless.”

The Department of Public Health and Social Services reported 95 new cases of Covid-19 out of 996 tests performed on Oct. 13. Thirty cases were identified through contact tracing.

To date, there have been a total of 16,690 officially reported cases, 222 deaths, 2,995 cases in active isolation, and 13,437 not in active isolation. The CAR Score is 21.6.

In her Covid-19 update presentation on Thursday, Guam's epidemiologist Dr, Ann Pobutsky noted that the rolling average of cases continues to fall at a slow and steady pace, and is currently at 118 cases per day on the seven-day rolling average.

The CAR score although continues to fluctuate between 20-25 but in total downward trend as well.

Pobutsky also highlighted the following:

  • From Feb. 7 to Oct. 7, there have been 2,859 “breakthrough” cases among people who were fully vaccinated and subsequently tested positive.

  • The majority of these were Pfizer vaccines (64.9 percent), followed by Moderna (26.4%) and Johnson & Johnson (6.4 percent) with 2.3 percent unknown (DoD).

  • These cases were evenly distributed among males (50.7 percent) and females (49.3 percent). The majority of breakthrough cases occurred among those ages 18-39 (42.6 percent)and those 40-59 (35.1 percent), which are also the main age groups of positive cases during the surge.

  • There were 15.4 percent breakthrough cases among those aged 60-74, 4.3 percent among those age 12-17 and 3.6 percent among those ages 75 or older.

  • The average number of days between final vaccination dose and receipt of a positive test was 146.29 days or 4 and one-half months.

  • As of Oct. 1, there were 137,105 fully vaccinated civilians, with 2,793 civilian "breakthrough cases" or 2 percent. Among deaths up to Oct. 1 , fully vaccinated were n=10 or 13 percent (all of whom had multiple co-morbidities).

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