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Guam lt. governor tests positive for Covid-19

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HAGÅTÑA (Office of the Guam Governor) — Guam Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio issued the following statement on Wednesday evening:

“Earlier this week, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero issued a statement following a positive test result. In that statement, she stated that I had tested negative for Covid-19.

“After receiving the negative test result and following the Department of Public Health and Social Services protocol, I continued to monitor myself for symptoms, wore a face mask, and practiced social distancing. However, this afternoon, I began to exhibit mild symptoms, including a slight fever, chills, and a cough, and felt it was necessary to test again. Tonight, I received a positive result.

“Despite exhibiting moderate symptoms of the virus, I remain in good health. I will continue my isolation pending clearance from my health care provider.

“Once we were informed of Governor Leon Guerrero’s status, all in person meetings were canceled immediately, and most operations were shifted online. These operations will continue uninterrupted. Contact tracing is ongoing, and testing is underway for staff identified as close contacts.

“To the people of Guam, we stay the course. We maintain our Covid-19 response — steadfast as ever. Governor Leon Guerrero’s condition has been improving daily, and government operations continue with all the safety measures in place.

“Tomorrow, we will take a series of steps to redouble our effort against Covid-19 and keep Guam safe.

“We must practice caution. Wear your face mask around those outside of your household. Practice good hygiene. Maintain a social distance of at least six feet. The best course of action is to act as if you are infected with the virus.

“While Governor Leon Guerrero and I will get through this, more importantly the people of Guam will too.”

School closure

Also on Wednesday, the Guam Department of Education was notified that an employee at Simon Sanchez High School tested positive for Covid-19. “The contact tracing effort is ongoing and close contacts of the confirmed case will be contacted directly by DPHSS. A close contact is an individual who has come in face-to-face contact with a confirmed Covid-19 individual for at least 10 minutes or more and within six feet, or who has had direct contact with infectious secretions of the confirmed Covid-19 individual (e.g. being coughed on). Both the confirmed case and close contacts will not be permitted to return to campus until cleared by DPHSS.”

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 13, Simon Sanchez High School will fully close for the remainder of this week. The school is expected to reopen by the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.

To date, on Guam, there have been a total of 449 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with five deaths, 341 released from isolation, and 103 active cases. Of those cases, 398 are classified as civilians and 51 are military service members.

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