Two Covid clusters identified on Guam, more under investigation

Guam has started hitting a double-digit daily count of Covid-19 cases again as local health authorities identified two Covid-19 clusters traced to separate gatherings in Yigo this month.

And while the island is headed to the May 1 tourism reopening, officials said additional clusters are currently being investigated.

“We are going to continue monitoring the situation,” Gov. Lou Guerrero said at Thursday’s press conference. “We will not hesitate to change our course or shift our posture, depending on any new developments.”

Since Sunday, the Joint Information Center has reported 32 confirmed cases of Covid -19 —13 of which were from Wednesday's tests. Nine additional cases have been detected today. The new numbers broke the infections lull that Guam has seen in almost five months.

Public Health Director Art San Agustin said the first cluster originated from a basketball game in Yigo on April 3. “Players from this game took part in an Easter Sunday gathering at a private residence and then patronizing A-Class Lounge in Upper Tumon,” he said.

The second cluster was traced to an April 17 party in Yigo, which affected workers from The Tsubaki Tower, where five tested positive.

A subsequent contact tracing identified 84 people who may have been exposed to the infected hotel employees. Approximately 961 guests visited The Tsubaki Tower between April 14 and 18.