10 patients re-test positive for COVID-19 after being released from isolation


The Governor’s office has confirmed with PNC News that as of Friday morning, 10 people had retested positive for COVID-19 after being released from isolation.

That brings the total recovered cases down to 122.

This regressive trend started over the past week, with Public Health saying some patients who were previously released from isolation, have returned to active isolation status after retesting positive.

Health officials say when a patient is released from isolation, he or she is no longer considered infectious. And, that DPHSS uses CDC’s test-based criteria for releasing patients from isolation. This requires COVID-19 patients to have two consecutive negative tests, at least 24 hours apart, before being released from isolation.

Public Health officials say, to date, no additional cases have been linked to people released from isolation.

On Thursday, the Public Health Lab in Tamuning tested 51 samples, none of which came back positive.

Public Health said the results included samples from clinics, the Guam Memorial Hospital, a quarantine facility, and an expanded community testing site.

There has been a total of 151 confirmed cases of Coronavirus on Guam since mid-March. Five people have died from the disease.