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  • Writer's pictureBy Pacific Island Times News Staff

44 new cases reported; CAR score 8.8

Guam has 44 new cases of Covid-19 that were identified out of 764 tests performed on Aug. 9.

The Joint Information Center said 16 cases were identified as fully vaccinated. Twenty cases were identified through contact tracing. To date, there have been a total of 8,769 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 143 deaths, 228 cases in active isolation – inclusive of seven hospitalized cases with one hospitalized case receiving ICU-level care, and 8,398 not in active isolation. The CAR Score is 8.8.

Today, a Guam Fire Department (GFD) emergency medical dispatcher and a firefighter tested positive for Covid-19. After immediate sanitization of the individual’s workstation, the relocation of the E911 Center and personnel to the Guam Fire Department (GFD) headquarters was initiated.

This temporary relocation was necessary to allow the GFD decontamination team to conduct a thorough decontamination of the entire space, equipment, and appliances. The E-911 Center experienced no disruption of services. Decontamination also took place at the station, vehicles and common areas of Rescue Base 2.

Although employees at the E911 Center and Rescue Base 1 have been wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines while on duty, other members on duty with the positive members have been scheduled for PCR testing Thursday.

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed separate incidents where three employees tested positive for Covid-19, one case each at Wettengel Elementary School, Vicente S.A. Benavente Middle School, and Liguan Elementary School. The GDOE, in collaboration with DPHSS, has identified and notified all close contacts who will remain in quarantine until they are cleared by DPHSS. Areas of the campuses have been cleaned and disinfected and are ready for regular hours of operation.

As of Aug. 9, a total of 104,629 or 76.77 percent of Guam’s eligible population (residents 12 years and older) have received either both doses in the two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), or the single dose series (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) of the Covid-19 vaccine. This percentage includes 7,617 fully vaccinated residents between the ages of 12 – 17, as well as Guam's fully vaccinated adult population of 97,012.

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