Number of confirmed Covid-19 cases on Guam rises to 45

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HAGÅTÑA (Joint Information Center) — The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services tested 38 individuals for Covid-19 on Thursday, March 26, 2020 with conclusive results. Eight tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and 30 tested negative for SARS-CoV-2.

A total of 308 tests were performed from March 12, 2020 through March 26, 2020 with conclusive results. To date, a total of 45 cases tested positive by DPHSS and 263 cases tested negative for Covid-19 with one death. All 44 remaining cases tested by the DPHSS Guam Public Health Laboratory are in isolation.

Additionally, Joint Region Marianas, working with the Government of Guam, coordinated the transport of four sailors, who tested positive for Covid-19, off of the USS Theodore Roosevelt to Guam. The patients are being treated at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam and remain isolated at U.S. Naval Base Guam in accordance with CDC protocols.

Profiles of earlier confirmed cases

Most of Guam’s Covid-19 known positive cases have epidemiological links to other confirmed cases. Profiles of the previous 37 confirmed cases, not including confirmed cases from Thursday:

Status

25 in stable condition

11 hospitalized

1 deceased

Gender

16 males

21 females

Residential locations

11 from north

16 from central

8 from south

2 still under investigation for place of residence

Travel history

1- Japan

7 - Philippines

2 - U.S. Mainland

Age groups

1 is in his/her 90s

2 are in their 80s

2 are in their 70s

14 are in their 60s

5 are in their 50s

6 are in their 40s

4 are in their 30s

3 are in their 20s

GMH nurses test negative

The Guam Memorial Hospital Authority reports that three of its nurses who were at high risk of exposure to a Covid-19-positive patient have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2.

The patient, who was initially treated in the Guam Memorial Hospital Medical-Surgical Inpatient Adult Unit and placed in a private room with a closed door, later tested positive for Covid-19.

The three nurses who were identified to have come into close contact with the Covid-19-positive patient were immediately placed under quarantine and tested for the virus with negative results.

Home Depot on Guam is implementing a limit of 130 persons in the store at one time and marking the line so people can keep a six-foot social distance from each other.  Photo by David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

Governor requests federal assistance

On Wednesday, Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero submitted a request for a presidential disaster declaration for Guam in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The request is based on the direct, detrimental economic impact of the COVID-19 events beginning February 2020 to present.

President Trump has the authority to declare a major disaster for any natural event that he determines has caused damage of such severity that it is beyond the combined capabilities of state and local governments to respond. A major disaster declaration provides a wide range of federal assistance programs for individuals and public infrastructure, including funds for both emergency and permanent work.

Governor Leon Guerrero likewise requested 1,000 additional Covid-19 test kits and to have soldiers and airmen currently on state active duty be placed on 32 USC 502(f). Under Title 32, the National Guard will fund the activation of the Guard. Currently, GovGuam is responsible for paying all personnel and equipment costs incurred on state active duty; however, assurances were given that all costs are reimbursable under the Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance program.

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