Covid UK variant hits Guam; 137th death reported

Updated: May 8

Territory's travel risk raised back to level 3

The Joint Information Center today reported Guam’s 137th Covid -19-related fatality, which occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City on May 3 at approximately 5:37 a.m. The patient was a 59-year-old male with underlying health conditions. He was admitted to GRMC on May 3 and tested positive on arrival.

Fifteen new cases of Covid -19 were identified out of 572 tests performed Monday, May 3. One case reported recent travel history and was identified in quarantine. Five cases were identified through contact tracing. To date, there have been a total of 8,004 officially reported cases with 137 deaths, 100 cases in active isolation, and 7,767 not in active isolation. The CAR Score is 1.1.

“Today, we mourn the loss of another soul to Covid-19. To those who loved him, Josh, Jeff, and I send our most heartfelt condolences and sympathies,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “Though scripture tells us that those who mourn shall be comforted, our faith must come with action. We must continue to do what we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones. To the People of Guam, this pandemic is far from over and I ask that you take the necessary precautions to prevent any more moments of silence.”

Amid Guam's aborted plan to reopen tourism on May 1, the Center for Disease Prevention and Prevention has raised the territory's risk back to level 3.

Level 3 corresponds to "high risk," which advised travelers to avoid all nonessential travels. Level 1 indicates low risk.