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  • By Pacific Island Times News Staff

Guam reports 118th Covid death; 16 of 692 tests confirmed positive

A 69-year-old woman who died at the Guam Memorial Hospital around 2:49 p.m. became Guam's 118th Covid-19-related fatality. She had underlying conditions and was admitted to GMH on Oct. 19. She was a known positive case.

"Jeff, Lt. Governor Josh, and I send her family and friends our deepest condolences and sympathies. May you find peace and comfort during this most difficult time," said Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero. "As we join together in sorrow for the passing of the loss of another to COVID-19, let us remember the obligation we have to each other. Our actions don't affect just ourselves--they affect our family members, friends, and co-workers. We cannot and should not become complacent, especially during this holiday season."

The Joint Information Center reported 16 new cases that were confirmed out of 692 tests performed on Saturday, Dec. 12. To date, there have been a total of 7,106 officially reported cases of COVID-19 with 118 deaths, 575 cases in active isolation and 6,413 not in active isolation. Hospitalization is down to 29.

Today's Covid Area Risk score is 1.6.

Meanwhile, the Department of Defense said Operation Warp Speed and private sector partners now begin distributing the first allocation of doses to sites designated by the public health jurisdictions and five federal agencies with which OWS and Center for Disease Control have been working to plan distribution.

The Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization to Pfizer for its Covid-19 vaccine, the first authorization for a Covid-19 vaccine in the United States.

U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar said the vaccine has been through multiple stages of safety review, and it has shown extraordinary effectiveness in protecting people from the virus.

While the vaccine will help bring the Covid-19 pandemic to an end, Azar said that is the more reason to double down on the public health measures to stay safe in the coming months.

"As Americans get vaccinated, we need to continue taking steps like washing our hands, social distancing, and wearing face coverings to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities.” Azar said.

Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller said the massive logistical planning the military has contributed to Operation Warp Speed "gives me even more pride in the talent and dedication of our service members. They have been crucial in bringing a safe and effective vaccine to the American people and in restoring the health of our country.”

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