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: