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Guam reports 150 new cases; government renews health advisories


By Pacific Island Times News Staff

Guam's health officials have renewed calls for residents to practice safety measures amid a new wave of Covid-19 infections.


Today, the Department of Public Health and Social Services reported 150 new positive cases from 696 specimens analyzed June 7.


Thirty of the cases reported today are through the Department of Defense.


To date, there have been a total of 49,718 officially reported cases, 366 deaths, 504 cases in active isolation, and 48,848 not in active isolation.


Health officials advised at-risk individuals and older adults to continue wearing face masks in confined, poorly ventilated areas. Older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions are most at risk for serious complications and death due to Covid-19.


The health department issued the following recommendations:


  • Get your COVID-19 booster doses after the recommended time has lapsed from your vaccination series completion.

  • Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19 and call 911 if you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face. Individuals who are sick are advised to:

  • Stay home, except to seek medical care. Call ahead before visiting the clinic/doctor.

  • Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headaches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea and/or diarrhea.

  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19. While waiting for test results, you should stay away from others, including staying apart from those living in your household.

  • Report Positive COVID-19 At-home Test Results to DPHSS at dphss.surveillance@dphss.guam.gov.

  • Isolate if you have tested positive for COVID-19. While in isolation:

  1. Eat in a separate room or area; use a separate bedroom; use a separate bathroom. If sharing a bathroom, clean and disinfect after each use.

  2. Avoid sharing personal items – dishes, cups/glasses, silverware, towels, bedding or electronics (e.g., cellphone).

  3. Wear a face mask.

  4. Wash your hands often using soap and water, or hand sanitizer; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

  5. Clean and disinfect “high touch” surfaces and items every day (tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, and electronics)