Four more Covid deaths reported
The Joint Information Center reported four more Covid19-related fatalities, bringing Guam's coronavirus death toll to 208.
Three of the reported fatalities occurred between Sept. 17 and Oct. 3.
The 205th Covid-19-related fatality was pronounced dead on arrival at Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) on Oct. 3. The patient was a 72-year-old female, unvaccinated, with underlying health conditions. She tested positive on Oct. 3.
The 206th fatality occurred at GRMC on Oct. 4. The patient was a 63-year-old male, unvaccinated, with underlying health conditions. He was a known Covid positive.
The 207th fatality occurred at GRMC on Sept. 17. The patient was an 82-year-old male, vaccinated, with underlying health conditions, and was a known Covid positive.
The DPHSS chief medical officer and territorial epidemiologist, in coordination with the acting chief medical examiner, have been conducting a review of all possible Covid-19-related deaths.
This coordinated review process has resulted in the classification of an additional death from last year as Covid-19-related, bringing Guam’s Covid-19-related fatality death count to 208.
The 208th fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) on Oct. 31. The patient was a 68-year-old female with underlying health conditions. The COVID-19 vaccine was not available at that time.
Today, the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) reported 165 new cases of COVID-19 out of 1,486 tests performed on Oct. 4. Thirty-eight cases were identified through contact tracing.
To date, there have been a total of 15,630 officially reported cases, 208 deaths, 2,342 cases in active isolation, and 13,080 not in active isolation. The CAR Score is 28.7.
There are currently 60 Covid-patients admitted to hospitals. Fourteen are in ICU and 10 are on ventilators. Thirty-five are unvaccinated.
Today, DPHSS Office of Epidemiology and Research and the Covid-19 Surveillance Unit issued an update on Covid-19 data.
According to the update report, there were 126 Covid-19-related deaths in 2020. The report also states that Covid-19 is the third leading cause of death for Guam in 2020, and surpassed cerebrovascular diseases, which are normally the third leading cause of death.
The leading and second leading causes of death in 2020 remained disease of the heart and malignant neoplasms respectively.
Booster Shots are available at the University of Guam Calvo Field House for people who had a normal immune response to the first two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, but because of time, antibody levels are beginning to wane.
The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is the only FDA-authorized vaccine to administer as a booster. The following groups of people are eligible for a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech if they completed the Pfizer-BioNTech series (first two doses) and it has been 6 months or more since the second dose:
Anyone age 65+
Anyone age 18+ with underlying medical conditions
Anyone 18+ with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to their occupation (e.g. healthcare workers, law enforcement, fire, K-12 teachers and support staff, university faculty, daycare employees, food and agriculture workers, manufacturing workers, USPS workers, corrections workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers) or living settings
If eligible, please make your Booster Shot appointment at tinyurl.com/vaxguam. Walk-ins are accepted but should be prepared for longer wait times.