By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Guam reports 144th Covid death, 63 new cases, 14 hospital admissions
Guam has reported its 144th Covid-19 related death amid a continuing spike in virus infections and hospitalizations. The island has 63 new positive cases out of 1,080 tests performed on Aug. 16.
Hospital admissions have gone up to 14, with two patients receiving intensive care. Guam's Covid Area Risk score is now 9.5.
To date, Guam has had a total of 9,081 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 390 cases in active isolation.
The Joint Information Center on Tuesday night reported the death of a 65-year-old man who was pronounced dead on arrival around 10:37 p.m. Monday at the U.S. Naval Hospital.
The patient had underlying health conditions and without any verifiable record of Covid-19 vaccination. He had tested positive for Covid-19 on Aug. 9, JIC said.
“Each soul lost to this deadly virus is a sobering reminder that our fight with Covid-19 continues. To his family, friends, and all those who loved him, we extend our deepest sympathies during these difficult times, and we pray for healing,” Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said.“While we have made significant progress in our vaccination efforts, there are still tens of thousands of our people who remain vulnerable to this virus. That is why, if you are eligible for the vaccine, I urge you to get your shots. Please protect yourself, protect those you love, and protect our community.”
Of the 63 new cases, JIC said, 11 were identified through contact tracing.
The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed three separate cases of Covid-19 involving students at the Agueda I. Johnston Middle School, F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School and Tiyan High School, and one case involving an employee assigned to Astumbo Elementary School.
In collaboration with the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), GDOE has identified and notified teachers as well as parents of students who may have been in contact with the index cases to schedule testing. Tested individuals will remain in quarantine until they are cleared by DPHSS to return to campus. Cleaning and disinfecting of areas of the campuses are taking place to ensure schools are ready for regular hours of operation on Wednesday.
The Archdiocese of Agaña reported four Covid cases involving students of
Notre Dame High School and Academy of Our Lady and Father Duenas Memorial School.
School administrators at all three schools are following guidance provided by DPHSS and assure everyone that they’re following all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of the students and adults. The positive individuals are being isolated at home for a period of 10 days and are receiving instructional support by faculty remotely.
As of Aug. 16, a total of 105,885 or 77.69 percent of Guam’s eligible population (residents 12 years and older) have received either both doses in the two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) or the single-dose series (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This percentage includes 8,444 fully vaccinated residents between the ages of 12 – 17, as well as Guam's fully vaccinated adult population of 97,441.SERVED