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  • Writer's pictureBy Pacific Island Times News Staff

Guam reports 2 more Covid deaths, 206 new cases, 45 hospital admissions

The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services today reported the island's worst numbers in a single by far: two more Covid-19 deaths, 206 new cases and 45 hospital admissions.

The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 146th and 147th Covid-19-related fatalities occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) on Aug. 28.

The 146th Covid-19-related fatality was pronounced dead on arrival at GMH on Aug. 28., The patient was an 84-year-old male, unvaccinated with underlying health conditions who had tested positive for Covid-19.

The 147th Covid-19-related fatality also occurred at GMH on Sunday, Aug. 28. The patient was a 56-year-old male, unvaccinated with underlying health conditions, and had tested positive for Covid-19.

A total of 45 hospital admissions were reported at the Guam Memorial Hospital, Guam Regional Medical City and U.S. Naval Hospital. Eight are in ICU and two are on ventilators. Twenty six of those hospitalized are unvaccinated.

The DPHSS chief medical officer and territorial epidemiologist, in coordination with the acting chief medical examiner, have been conducting a review of all possible Covid-19-related deaths.

A review of all death certificates has revealed two additional Covid-19 related deaths from last year which were not previously reported to DPHSS:

-a 67-year-old female, unvaccinated, with multiple comorbidities, whose death occurred on Oct. 13, 2020 at the Guam Memorial Hospital. The Covid-19 vaccine was unavailable at that time.

-a 55-year-old female, unvaccinated, whose death occurred on Dec. 31 at the Guam Memorial Hospital. The patient was ineligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at that time.

Today, DPHSS reported 206 new cases of Covid-19 out of 1,714 tests performed on Aug. 30. Fifty-five cases were identified through contact tracing.

To date, there have been a total of 10,559 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 149 deaths, 1,415 cases in active isolation and 8,995 not in active isolation. The CAR Score is 43.8.

Today, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed 10 positive cases for Covid=-19 involving students, and three positive cases involving employees. Student cases were identified at Adacao Elementary School, Finegayan Elementary School, Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School, Inarajan Middle School, Simon Sanchez High School, and three separate cases were identified at John F. Kennedy High School. Employee cases were identified at Adacao Elementary School, Jose L.G. Rios Middle School, and Simon Sanchez High School. In collaboration with the DPHSS, GDOE has identified and notified teachers as well as parents of students who may have been in contact with the index case in order to schedule testing. Tested individuals will remain in quarantine until they are cleared by DPHSS. Cleaning and disinfecting of areas of the campuses are taking place.

Earlier today, the Archdiocese of Agaña announces that five additional Catholic school students have tested positive for Covid-19 recently.

Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School was notified of three positive cases late yesterday. Saint Anthony Catholic School and Mercy Heights Mercy Heights Catholic Nursery & Kindergarten each learned of one positive case today. The number of Catholic school students testing positive for the virus is now 35.

All three schools suspended in-person learning for their students in grades Pre-K to Kindergarten and up last Monday in accordance with the recent Executive Order and are implementing remote learning this week.

School administrators have implemented their Covid-19 protocols and are working closely with the DPHSS and the Archdiocese of Agaña’s Covid-19 Liaison on contact tracing. They have notified the parents of students who may have had exposure and are receiving guidance regarding testing by DPHSS.

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