By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Guam reports 314 new Covid cases, 27 hospitalizations in two days
Death toll rises to 145
Amid the raging debate over Gov. Lou Leon's Guerrero's controversial new vaccine policy, Guam has reported a total of 314 new Covid-19 positive cases, with 27 hospital admissions and another coronavirus-related death.
Guam's Covid Area Risk score is now 18.2.
The Joint Information Center on Monday reported the death of an 88-year-old man at the Guam Memorial Hospital. The patient, who died at 6:40 p.m, on Sunday, had underlying health conditions and was unvaccinated. He tested positive for Covid-19 on Aug. 14. He became Guam's 145th coronavirus-related death.
“We are facing a harsh reality each day, one where our loved ones are at risk,” said the governor said. “Covid-19 continues to test our community, and we must continue doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our people so we can avoid such tragic loss."
JIC reported 126 new positive cases out of 1,214 tests performed Monday, and 188 cases out of 2,678 tests done on Sunday.
To date, there have been a total of 9,612 officially reported cases of COVID-19 with 145 deaths, 806 cases in active isolation and 8,661 not in active isolation.
Today, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed four positive cases for Covid-19 involving students identified at Astumbo Elementary School, Wettengel Elementary School, F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School, and Vicente S.A. Benavente Middle School.
Additionally, GDOE confirmed two separate incidents where individuals tested positive for Covid-19.
The first has been identified as an employee assigned to Astumbo Elementary School.
The second has been identified as an employee at C.L. Taitano Elementary School; this individual has not been reported to the worksite.
In collaboration with DPHSS, GDOE has identified and notified teachers as well as parents of students who may have been in contact with the index cases in order to schedule testing. Tested individuals will remain in quarantine until they are cleared by DPHSS to return to campus.