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Guam logs another breakthrough death

The Joint Information Center today reported Guam's latest breakthrough death, involving a 68-year-old man who died on Oct. 15 at Guam Regional Medical City.

The patient, who was vaccinated and underlying health conditions, tested positive on Oct. 6.

"We cannot begin to imagine the devastation felt by the families who have experienced the greatest of loss during this pandemic. For each of you in this most difficult time, Jeff, Josh, and I express our deepest condolences,” said Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero. “While we cannot bring back those who have fallen to this virus, we have the power to prevent more days of sadness and mourning by using all the tools available to us, including testing, treatment, and vaccinations.”

Health authorities reported two new pediatric cases, who were among the 52 patients confined at hospitals for Covid treatments. Eleven patients are in ICU and nine are on ventilators.

The JIC release did not provide details on the number of vaccinated and unvaccinated patients.

Today, the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) reported 13 new cases of Covid-19 out of 200 tests performed on Oct. 17. Three cases were identified through contact tracing.

An additional 78 cases were also reported today as a result of complete analysis and case submissions from other clinics for preliminary Covid-19 test results reported Oct. 16 – 17. Official case counts for the past weekend results are as follows:

Eight students of Catholic schools tested positive for the virus within the period of Oct. 13 to 18.

Five of the students came from St. Anthony Catholic School and tested positive from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18. Notre Dame High School, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School and Dominican Catholic School each have one positive case.

In accordance with the St. Anthony Covid-19 Mitigation Manual and under advisement from DPHSS, those deemed as close contacts have been notified.

Those deemed close contacts will continue their schoolwork via remote learning. St. Anthony has initiated its COVID-19 protocols which includes sanitizing and deep cleaning. The school has notified parents of the affected students.

Administrators of Notre Dame, Baumgartner and Dominican Catholic School have also notified the parents of the affected students as well as those identified as close contacts.

Other Catholic students have tested positive but contracted the virus while on remote learning, and away from the school.

To date, there have been a total of 16,991 officially reported cases, 223 deaths, 2,562 cases in active isolation, and 14,206 not in active isolation. The CAR Score is 17.5.

To date, a total of 122,240 (89.69 percent) of Guam’s eligible population (residents 12 years and older) are fully vaccinated.

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