Guam reports 263 new Covid cases; CAR score up 65
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
The Department of Public Health and Social Services reported 263 new Covid cases today out of 1,647 tests from Wednesday. In the past three days, Guam has seen a total of 662 new cases.
There are 13 hospitalizations and the Covid Area Risk score is now 65.
Of the 263 new cases, 54 were identified through contact tracing. To date, there have been a total of 20,351 officially reported cases, 273 deaths, 1,028 cases in active isolation, and 19,411 not in active isolation.
Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated recommendations for administering the Covid-19 vaccine, to include:
Shortening the interval for receiving a booster dose, from six to five months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series. This means that eligible people can receive an mRNA booster dose five months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series. The booster dose interval recommendations for people who received their Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (2 months) or Moderna (6 months) has not changed.
Expanding the COVID-19 boosters to adolescents ages 12 to 15 years old. At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech booster vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 12 to 15 years old.
Authorizing a third primary series dose for certain immunocompromised children aged 5 to 11 years old. The CDC is recommending moderately or severely immunocompromised 5 to 11 year olds receive an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine to complete the primary series, with a total of three doses. The additional dose should be spaced 28 days after the second dose. At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for children 5 to 11 years of age.