- By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Vaccinated Covid patient dies; Guam's hospitalizations rise to 76
Latest tests yield 215 new positive cases
The government today reported Guam's first death of a vaccinated patient who tested positive for Covid-19.
The patient, who died at the Guam Memorial Hospital on Sept. 8, was Guam's 155th Covid-related fatality.
The patient was a 54-year-old man with multiple underlying health conditions, who tested positive upon arrival.
“Jeff, Josh, and I offer our thoughts and sincerest condolences to his family and friends as our island is beset with the devastating effects of the pandemic,” said Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero. “A renewed commitment to keep each other safe and mitigate against the spread is the best way to pay tribute and honor each life lost to this deadly virus.”
The number of admissions at the Guam Memorial Hospital Guam Regional Medical City, and U.S. Naval Hospital Guam went up to 76. Of this number, 44 are unvaccinated.
Seven patients are in ICU and two are on ventilators.
The Department of Public Health and Social Services reported 215 new Covid positive cases out of 1,197 tests performed on Sept. 8. Sixty-four cases were identified through contact tracing.
To date, there have been a total of 12,034 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 155 deaths, 2,550 cases in active isolation, and 9,330 not in active isolation. The CAR Score is 43.1.
Communications Director Krystal Paco San Agustin said schools remain closed due to the increasing number of cases.
At the Port Authority of Guam, general manager Rory J. Respicio said 23 employees who took the Covid-19 test earlier this week came out with negative results.
The 23 employees were exposed to the Covid-19 positive case reported Sept. 4 and were identified through the Port’s Contact Tracing Team. They are all connected and work within the same division.
“We must all keep doing our part by following mask and social distancing guidelines and getting vaccinated,” Respicio said.