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Guam breaks single-day record with 637 new Covid cases

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

The raging coronavirus infections on Guam continued to soar with 637 new cases, smashing last week's record single-day rise.

The new cases reported by the Department of Public Health and Social Services were detected from 2,747 specimens analyzed on Jan. 17.

Of the total count, 267 cases were identified through contact tracing. Today’s reported case count includes 163 cases from the Department of Defense through test results produced between Jan. 14 and 17.

To date, there have been a total of 24,218 officially reported cases, 274 deaths, 4,533 cases in active isolation, and 19,411 not in active isolation. There are 26 hospital admissions.

DPHSS today clarified the requirements for the completion of isolation for individuals stricken with Covid-19, and/or the completion of quarantine for those who come into close contact with someone confirmed with Covid-19.


DPHSS said a clearance letter is not required at the conclusion of the isolation or quarantine period, although a letter may be provided upon request by emailing

Public health officials also reminded the community that those who have tested positive for Covid-19 within the past three months and recovered do not need to be tested following exposure as long as they do not develop symptoms.

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