By Pacific Island Times News Staff
A 76-year-old woman, who died on Dec. 2, was belatedly reported as Guam's 274th Covid-related death.
The patient, who was vaccinated and had underlying health conditions, died at Guam Memorial Hospital. She tested positive on Sept. 18, 2021.
“With each passing, we are reminded that this pandemic is far from over,” said Gov/ Lou Leon Guerrero. “While we forge forward in our response, let us not forget how far we have come and those we have lost. To her family and those who loved her, Jeff, Josh, and I extend our deepest sympathies and prayers.”
The Department of Public Health and Social Services reported 243 new cases of Covid-19 from 1,802 tests run on Jan. 6. Of this number, 122 cases were identified through contact tracing. To date, there have been a total of 20,594 officially reported cases, 274 deaths, 1,227 cases in active isolation, and 19,093 not in active isolation.
The CAR score is 89.7.
Five Catholic schools have reported a combined total of 20 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the period of Jan. 4-6, during the return from Christmas break. All are students. DPHSS has been notified and the schools are working closely with DPHSS and Archdiocese of Agaña Covid-19 Liaison Cathy Rivera Castro on contact tracing and testing for those with possible exposure. They have communicated with their parents and guardians.
School administrators continue to follow their Covid-19 protocols for the safety of all youths and adults, such as requiring everyone to wear masks, sanitize their hands and maintain proper social distancing. Father Duenas Memorial School reports 12 students testing positive. Saint Francis has three, Academy of Our Lady of Guam and Mount Carmel two each and Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School one. A positive case of a Catholic school student or employee does not necessarily mean the individual contracted the virus at school grounds. Catholic school students were away from their schools on their Christmas break from Dec. 11, to Jan. 3. The Archdiocese does not report on positive cases of COVID-19 recorded during remote instructions or during instructional breaks.