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  • Writer's pictureBy Pacific Island Times News Staff

Guam's Covid cases jump; 52 new cases reported; CAR score up 7.7

The Joint Information Center reported 52 new positive cases out of 1,068 Covid-19 tests over the weekend.

JIC said 24 cases were identified through contact tracing. One case reported recent travel history and was identified in quarantine.

To date, there have been a total of 8,725 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 143 deaths, 191 cases in active isolation – inclusive of seven hospitalized cases with two hospitalized cases receiving ICU-level care, and 8,391 not in active isolation. The CAR Score is 7.7.

The increasing number cases-- occurring more than a week after the government lifted restrictions on social gathering and business occupancy-- have prompted the government to ramp up the vaccinations by adding new locations.

On Monday, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed three separate incidents where three individuals tested positive for Covid-19. The first individual has been identified as an employee at George Washington High School; the individual has not reported to the worksite. The second individual has been identified as an employee assigned to Luis P. Untalan Middle School; the individual has not reported to the worksite. The third individual has been identified as a student who is enrolled at John F. Kennedy High School.

The GDOE in collaboration with the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) has identified and notified the individuals who were in close contact with these individuals. These individuals will remain in quarantine until they are cleared by DPHSS to return to campus. School sites are regularly cleaned and disinfected to ensure campuses are ready for regular hours of operation.

At the Port Authority of Guam, general manager Rory J. Respicio was notified Monday that an unvaccinated employee has tested positive for Covid-19

The Port’s Contact Tracing Team immediately began identifying all close contacts here at the agency and is coordinating the testing with the DPHSS .

As of this morning, the Port identified 22 employees as potential close contacts of the employee with Covid-19.

Respicio said that out of the 22 potentially exposed employees, 19 are fully vaccinated and three are not vaccinated.

Respicio said the Port has been aggressively working with employees to assist them in getting their vaccines. As of Aug. 9, there are 286 Port employees, or 82% fully vaccinated. There are 7 employees partially vaccinated and 56 that are not yet vaccinated.

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero has also mandated all executive branch employees to get vaccinated.

As of Aug. 8, a total of 104,447 or 76.63 percent of Guam’s eligible population (residents 12 years and older) have received either both doses in the two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), or the single dose series (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) of the Covid-19 vaccine. This percentage includes 7,590 fully vaccinated residents between the ages of 12 – 17, as well as Guam's fully vaccinated adult population of 96,875.


On Monday, the Guam Fire Department (GFD) implemented its policy to fall in line with the governor’s executive order require executive branch workers to vaccinate against Covid-19. GFD conducted PCR testing on all non-vaccinated employees, including firefighters and emergency medical dispatchers. Samples were submitted to DPHSS for analysis and yielded positive results for two firefighters who are assigned to Rescue Base 1, Hagatna Marina.

Out of an abundance of caution the remaining personnel have been placed on cohort or quarantine status, dependent on whether or not they have been vaccinated, pending testing.

Thorough decontamination of common areas, including the official vehicle, were performed at Rescue Base 1, Hagåtña Marina, Personnel were reminded to continue strict adherence to the safety directives, including the wearing of masks and social distancing both on and off duty, to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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