By Pacific Island Times News Staff
The Joint Information Center today reported two coronavirus-related fatalities, raising Guam's death toll to 357.
The 356th fatality was pronounced dead on arrival at Guam Memorial Hospital on May 8. The patient, an 81-year-old man, was fully vaccinated with one booster, with underlying health conditions. He tested positive on May 8.
The 357th fatality occurred at Guam Regional Medical City on May 8. The patient was a 65-year-old male, vaccinated, with underlying health conditions, who tested positive on May 8.
The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) reported 46 new cases of Covid-19 out of 1,489 specimens analyzed from May 6 to 8,:
Ten of the cases reported today are through the Department of Defense.
To date, there have been a total of 48,369 officially reported cases, 357 deaths, 199 cases in active isolation, and 47,813 not in active isolation.
DPHSS received 47 new results from virus samples collected on Guam between March 2 and 8, which have undergone genome sequencing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DPHSS received the 18th set of results from the CDC. All 47 samples were identified as the omicron variant.
Second doses of the Covid-19 booster are available to individuals ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. Eligible individuals may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) Covid-19 vaccine at least four months after the first booster dose.
Additionally, adults between the ages of 18 and 49 who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised and who received Janssen Covid-19 vaccine as both their primary series dose and booster dose may receive a second booster dose using an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine at least four months after the Janssen booster dose. Adults ages 50 years and older could benefit from a second mRNA booster dose as they are at increased risk for severe Covid-19.
Adults 50 years and older may choose to receive a second booster dose, if it has been at least four months after the first booster dose.