Guam reports 121st Covid death, 27 new cases out of 747 tests
A 66-year-old man with underlying condition died at the Guam Memorial Hospital around 11:16 a.m. today. He became Guam's 121st Covid-related death. He was admitted to GMH on Dec. 3, 2020 and a known positive case.
“With each passing, we are reminded that nothing gold can stay. While his parting leaves an island in grief, his memory will live in the hearts of those who knew him. Jeff, Lt. Governor Josh, and I express our deepest condolences and sympathies to his family and friends,” said Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero.
The latest Covid test results showed double-digit positive cases, bucking the single-digit trend over the past week, and below 1 percent positivity rate.
Of 747 test on Monday, 27 returned positive, showing a 3.6 percent positivity rate. The Covid Area Risk score is 1.6.
To date, there have been a total of 7,238 officially reported cases of COVID-19 with 121 deaths, 449 cases in active isolation and 6,668 not in active isolation
On Monday, a Guam Fire Department (GFD) Emergency Medical Dispatcher began feeling ill while on duty at the E911 Center. The individual was tested that same day and the results came back positive for COVID-19. As per the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) guidelines, mandatory isolation for the employee was required.
After immediate sanitization of the individual’s workstation, the relocation of the E911 Center and personnel to the Guam Fire Department (GFD) headquarters was initiated. This temporary relocation was necessary to allow the GFD decontamination team to conduct a thorough decontamination of the entire space, equipment, and appliances. As of Tuesday morning, all decontamination measures were completed and normal operations have been restored.
Although employees at the E911 Center have been wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines while on duty, other dispatchers on duty with the positive member have been instructed to quarantine at home until testing can be performed on Saturday.
Exemption Request From Government Quarantine Must Be Made Online
DPHSS reminds all critical services workers, essential healthcare professionals, and passengers with medical emergencies seeking restriction of movement or exemptions from the Government of Guam Quarantine Facility following off-island travel to submit their requests online at dphss.guam.gov/quarantine. Requests must be submitted at least 10 days prior to arrival. DPHSS reviews requests in the order in which they are received and will only review requests submitted online.