By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Guam's records 131st Covid death; vaccinations halted due to supply deficit
Updated: Mar 6, 2021
The Joint Information Center today reported Guam's 131st Covid19-related death. The patient, a 36-year-old woman, died at the Guam Memorial Hospital at 3:304 a.m. on Feb. 27. She had underlying health conditions and was admitted to GMH on Jan. 7. She was a known positive case.
“Jeff, Josh, and I send our deepest condolences to the family and friends who are left to mourn. Though words cannot heal the pain or fill the void left by a loved one who has passed, all of us must do what we can to stop this virus from taking another. We cannot afford to become complacent,” said Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero.
One new case of Covid-19 was identified out of 137 tests performed on Friday, Feb. 26.
To date, there have been a total of 7,735 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 131 deaths, 40 cases in active isolation, and 7,564 not in active isolation. There are four hospital admissions-- one in ICU and one on ventilator.
Guam has suspended the immunization clinics due to vaccine deficit.
Of the 52,027 doses allotted, Guam has administered 51,300 doses, indicating a deficit of - 727.
The Department of Public Health and Social Services’ (DPHSS) Immunization Program placed its order for 35,260 vaccines for March, with shipment expected the first week of March.
"Once Guam’s vaccine supply is restored, mass vaccination clinics will resume, and additional vaccination clinics will prioritize those due for the second dose to ensure those individuals complete their vaccination series," JIC said. "Mass vaccination clinics are anticipated to be scheduled as early as March 8, 2021."
The governor today signed an executive order extending the public health emergency declaration for an additional 30 days, ending April 1.
Guam continues to be in PCOR 3, during which most activities are permitted to operate under moderate restrictions imposed in an effort to slow the spread of Covid 19 in the community.
The new directive rescinded a previous provision that waives physical presence in government meetings and authorizes teleconferences.
As set forth in previous executive orders, "incurrence of and payment for overtime for certain government of Guam employees is authorized for work performed in excess of 40 hours a week to mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of Covid-19."