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Guam logs 438 new Covid-19 cases

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) today reported 438 new cases of Covid-19 from 2,491 specimens analyzed on Jan. 13.

The government reported 19 hospital admissions.

To date, there have been a total of 22,917 officially reported cases, 274 deaths, 3,253 cases in active isolation, and 19,390 not in active isolation.

The Governor’s Physician Advisory Group (PAG) endorsed discontinuing the use of the Covid Area Risk score due to changed circumstances.

The Joint Information Center said the CAR Score will no longer be included in the daily releases.

Meanwhile, six Catholic schools have reported a combined total of 28 positive cases of Covid-19 from Jan. 7 to 13. Twenty-six are students. Two are employees.

The schools have notified Archdiocese of Agaña Covid-19 liaison Cathy Rivera Castro and DPHSS have implemented their respective Covid-19 protocols, including doing contact tracing.

Individuals with possible exposure are being notified and are being advised about testing and isolating themselves. The schools are communicating with their parents and guardians.

Academy of Our Lady of Guam reported that six students have tested positive. Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School and Santa Barbara Catholic School report having five apiece, Saint Francis Catholic School four, Saint Anthony Catholic School four and Father Duenas two. Academy and Father Duenas each have one employee.

A positive case of a Catholic school student or employee does not necessarily mean the individual contracted the virus on school grounds. The archdiocese does not report on positive cases of Covid-19 recorded during remote instructions or during instructional breaks. Another report will be issued next week for the period of Jan. 14-21.

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