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  • B Pacific Island Times News Staff

Strain on health system eased, hospital admissions down to 8

17 of 501 tests confirmed positive for Covid-19

The number of Covid-19 patients admitted to the Guam Memorial Hospital has gone down to eight as of Jan 4, mitigating the load that overburdened the island's fragile health care system during the summer months last year.

GMH exceeded capacity in October, prompting the hospital administration to receive create a makeshift receiving area at the curbside behind the hospital building.

While test results over the past weeks have been showing signs of community transmissions slowing down, the number has been going back and forth between a single and double-digits.

Of the 501 tests performed by the Department of Public Health and Social Services and private labs between Jan. 1 and 3, 17 returned positive. Six cases were identified through contact tracing. Six cases reported recent travel history and were identified in quarantine.

To date, there have been a total of 7,344 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 123 deaths, 132 cases in active isolation and 7,089 not in active isolation. The Covid Area Risk score is 0.9. A total of 4,945 have been vaccinated as of this week.

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