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  • B Pacific Island Times News Staff

Guam has 98 new Covid cases, 20 hospitalizations; CAR score up 12.9

The Department of Public Health and Social Services today reported 98 new cases of Covid-19 out of 1,249 tests performed on Aug. 19.

Forty-one cases were identified through contact tracing. To date, there have been a total of 9,298 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 144 deaths, 567 cases in active isolation, and 8,578 not in active isolation. The CAR score is 12.9.

DPHSS received 18 new results from virus samples collected on Guam from June 1 to 16, which have undergone genome sequencing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

DPHSS received the ninth set of results from the CDC. Eighteen 18 of the 23 samples received were identified as variants of concern (VOC):

  • Sixteen (16) B.1.1.7 (Alpha)

  • One (1) B.1.351 (Beta)

  • One (1) B.1.617.2 (Delta)

To date, 179 SARS-CoV-2 virus samples have been submitted to the CDC for genome sequencing and identified a total 87 Covid-19 cases infected with variants.

DPHSS previously reported variants from results from the CDC and identified 63 cases identified with the B.1.1.7 Alpha variant

  • 14 cases identified with the B.1.429 Epsilon variant

  • three cases identified with the B.1.351 Beta variant

  • six cases identified with the B.1.617.2 and AY.3 Delta variant

  • one case identified with the P.1 Gamma variant

Of the 18 cases reported, two reported travel history and were identified in quarantine. All other cases had no known travel history. Of the 16 cases who were vaccine eligible, none were fully vaccinated. DPHSS continues to send samples to the CDC for genome sequencing.

Today, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed eight positive cases for COVID-19 involving students. The cases were identified at Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School (2), Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary, Oceanview Middle School, Vicente S.A. Benavente Middle School, John F. Kennedy High School (2), and Simon Sanchez High School. In collaboration with DPHSS, GDOE has identified and notified teachers as well as parents of students who may have been in contact with the index cases 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 Monday, Aug. 23.

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