By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Guam's Covid death toll: 136
There were two Covid-19 related fatalities last year that were not included in the death count for Guam, and subsequent review resulted in the reclassification of their cases.
The Department of Public Health and Social Services (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.
This coordinated review process has resulted in the classification of two additional deaths as Covid-19-related and has brought Guam’s current Covid -19-related death count to 136.
The 135th Covid-19-related fatality occurred on Sept. 23, 2020. The patient was a 51-year-old female with underlying health conditions. She was admitted to the U.S. Naval Hospital on Aug. 28, 2020, and tested positive upon admission.
The 136th Covid-19-related fatality occurred on Jan. 11, 2021. The patient was an 80-year-old female with underlying health conditions. She was admitted to the Guam Memorial Hospital on Nov. 29, 2020, and tested positive upon admission. The patient expired at home after being discharged from GMH.
“The passing of a loved one is never easy, but it can be especially difficult given the uncertainties still surrounding Covid-19. We hope these families find some comfort, and Jeff, Josh, and I send our deepest condolences and sympathies,” Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said.
Two new cases of Covid-19 were identified out of 347 tests performed on Thursday, April 1. One case reported recent travel history and was identified in quarantine. To date, there have been a total of 7,812 officially reported cases with 136 deaths, 27 cases in active isolation, and 7,649 not in active isolation.