By Pacific Island Times News Staff
The government today reported eight new Covid 19-related fatalities, the largest number reported in a single day since the coronavirus hit Guam in March last year.
The new fatalities, which brought Guam's Covid death toll to 192, were compiled based on death reports from Sept. 24 to 26.
The fatalities involved unvaccinated elderly patients with underlying medical conditions.
“In the face of the toll upon us this evening, we recognize our fight with this deadly virus is far from over but we are not defenseless. With added interventions in place, including vaccinations and monoclonal antibody therapy, we can protect those we love and prevent further devastation,” said Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero.
Of the 70 patients admitted at the Guam Memorial Hospital and Guam Regional Medical City, 35 were vaccinated, indicating a 50 percent breakthrough hospitalizations. Fifteen are in ICU and nine are on ventilators.
Today, the Department of Public and Social Services reported 35 new cases of Covid 19 out of 298 tests performed on Sept. 27. Four cases were identified through contact tracing.
An additional 127 cases were also reported today as a result of complete analysis and case submissions from other clinics for preliminary Covid-19 test results reported between Sept. 25 and 26.