By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Guam reports 32 hospital admissions with 7 in ICU and 3 on ventillators
Tests yield 147 new Covid-19 cases; Catholic and GDOE schools report new infections
The number of Covid-19 related hospital admissions has gone up to 32, with seven in ICU and three on ventilators, while 1,456 Covid-19 tests performed Tuesday yielded 147 new positive cases.
The Guam Memorial Hospital has 14 Covid-19 patients, Guam Regional Medical City has 15, while the U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) has three.
Of the 1,456 positive cases, 74 cases were identified through contact tracing.
One case reported recent travel history and was identified in quarantine. To date, there have been a total of 9,759 officially reported cases of COVID-19 with 145 deaths, 939 cases in active isolation and 8,675 not in active isolation. The CAR Score is 23.4.
As of Aug. 24, 690 additional residents received their first dose in a two-dose series, 196 residents received their dose in the single-dose series and an additional 329 residents have become fully vaccinated.
To date, a total of 107,838 (79.12 percent) of Guam’s eligible population (residents 12 years and older) is fully vaccinated. This percentage includes 8,735 fully vaccinated residents between the ages of 12 – 17, as well as Guam's fully vaccinated adult population of 99,103.
Today, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed 15 positive cases for Covid-19 involving students.
The cases were identified at Adacao Elementary School, Astumbo Elementary School, C.L. Taitano Elementary, Inarajan Elementary School, Liguan Elementary School, Merizo Martyrs Memorial Elementary School, Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary School, Pedro C. Lujan Elementary School, Agueda I. Johnston Middle School, F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School, Jose Rios Middle School, and Simon Sanchez High School. In collaboration with the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), GDOE has identified and notified teachers as well as parents of students who may have been in contact with the index case in order to schedule testing.
Tested individuals will remain in quarantine until they are cleared by DPHSS to return to campus. Cleaning and disinfecting of areas of the campuses are taking place to ensure schools are ready for regular hours of operation on Thursday, Aug. 26.
The total number of Catholic school students who tested positive for Covid-19 has risen to 19, the Archdiocese of Agaña said.
The archdiocese reported four more Catholic school students have tested positive for Covid-19.
Notre Dame High School reports that two students have tested positive for the virus. Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School has one new positive and Saint Anthony Catholic School reported its first case.
Earlier in the morning, the archdiocese reported eight cases in three Catholic schools discovered on Tuesday.
Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School reported that five students have tested positive for the virus. Academy of Our Lady of Guam has two more students who have tested positive and San Vicente has one student who is positive.
The schools are working closely with the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) on contact tracing and testing. School administrators spent part of the day and last night communicating with parents and guardians.
Students who have tested positive are quarantining at home and those with possible exposure are receiving guidance regarding testing and quarantine.
Partnering with DPHSS, Father Duenas Memorial School has stepped up to provide Covid-19 testing to the affected students and their families using the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid test at their site in Mangilao.
Students who have tested positive are isolating at home and those with possible exposure are receiving guidance regarding testing and quarantine.
Covid-19 testing for the affected students and their families using the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid test has been made available to students and families of the affected Catholic schools at Father Duenas Memorial School in Mangilao.
The breakdown of the 19 total number of positive cases by schools as of 5 p.m. Aug. 25 is as follows: Bishop Baumgartner – 7; Academy of Our Lady – 3; Notre Dame – 3; Father Duenas Memorial School – 2; Dominican Catholic School (Yigo) – 1; Saint Anthony 1; San Vicente – 1; Saint Francis – 1.
Archbishop Michael Byrnes and the respective school administrators ask everyone to join in prayer for the affected students and their families and all who have contracted the virus.