The California coronavirus strain, which has been categorized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a "variant of concern," has been detected on Guam, officials disclosed Monday.
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said the California variant was found in seven of the 26 samples that were returned to Guam out of 49 sent to CDC.
"The California variant is known to have 20 percent more transmissibility," the governor said.
Of the seven samples with the California variant, four were found in individuals who had no travel history, while three were found in a quarantine facility, the governor said.
“It is important to note that these samples were from positive cases in January which means even with the California variant in our community, our Covid-19 response has remained robust,” the governor said.
“We will continue to stay the course. Today marks Day 29 in PCOR3 and most all businesses have been operational with