118th COVID-linked death; 16 of 692 positive for COVID-19; CAR score steady at 1.6

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The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 118th COVID-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) at approximately 2:49 p.m. today. The patient was a 69-year-old female with underlying conditions that were further compounded by COVID-19. She was admitted to GMH on October 19, 2020 and was a known positive case.

“Jeff, Lt. Governor Josh, and I send her family and friends our deepest condolences and sympathies. May you find peace and comfort during this most difficult time,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “As we join together in sorrow for the passing of the loss of another to COVID-19, let us remember the obligation we have to each other. Our actions don’t affect just ourselves–they affect our family members, friends, and co-workers. We cannot and should not become complacent, especially during this holiday season.”

Results: 16 New Cases of COVID-19 

Sixteen (16) new cases of COVID-19 were identified out of 692 tests performed on Saturday, December 12, 2020. To date, there have been a total of 7,106 officially reported cases of COVID-19 with 118 deaths, 575 cases in active isolation and 6,413 not in active isolation.

TODAY’S CAR SCORE

1.6

The COVID Area Risk (CAR) Score will be recalculated once reports from all participating labs are up to date. The COVID Area Risk (CAR) Score accounts for the incidence of new cases, how well current testing identifies these cases, and the rate of spread. Given the recent surges, Guam’s first step has been to achieve a sustained CAR Score of 5.0 and below. The ideal long-term goal is to sustain a CAR Score of 2.5 or less, which has been shown to correlate with very low to zero COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths. To learn more about the CAR Score, visit Strive for Five.

The following tables provide COVID-19 test results reported to the Joint Information Center on Sunday, December 13 and reflects results from Saturday, December 12:

COVID-19 CASE COUNT

TOTAL

NEW CASES

REPORTED TODAY

PAST 7 DAYS

COVID-19 CASES:

7,106

16

N/A

CONFIRMED CASES:

N/A

N/A

N/A

PROBABLE CASES:

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

COVID HOSPITAL CENSUS

Guam Memorial Hospital

Guam Regional Medical City

U.S. Naval Hospital

TOTAL

COVID ADMISSION

24

5

0

29

IN ICU

6

1

0

7

ON VENTILATOR

4

1

0

5

Food Commodities Distribution Through Village Mayors Continues

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE), State Agency for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Nutrition Service (FNS), continues the distribution of food commodities through each mayor at the village level. Village distribution will be conducted through drive-through or door-to-door delivery. Recipients will receive one bag of TEFAP food commodities per household that may include elbow macaroni, oat circle cereal, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, canned pears, mixed fruit, canned beef, canned chicken, instant milk, split peas and/or kidney beans, bottled orange juice, banana chips, and only village drive-through distributions will receive frozen orange juice.

Food commodities will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Commodity distribution in each village will be available to village constituents only and residents should call their respective mayor’s office for more information. Participants are reminded to wear a mask, maintain physical distancing, and follow all traffic directions and signage.

The village distribution schedule for this week is as follows:

Distribution Date

Village

Distribution Method

No. of Bags

Dec. 14, 2020 & Dec. 15, 2020

Tamuning

For Tamuning constituents who signed up for TEFAP with the Tamuning Mayor’s Office during enrollment:

The Drive-Through is at the Tamuning Community/Senior Center on Monday, December 14, 2020 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The Tamuning Mayor’s Office will coordinate the door-to-door delivery or pick-up with constituents on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Call the Tamuning Mayor’s Office at 646-5211/646-8646 for more information.

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Dec. 16, 2020 & Dec. 17, 2020

Barrigada

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 – Drive-through from 8 a.m. -10 a.m. at the old carnival grounds in Tiyan

Thursday, December 17, 2020 – Door-to-door for the manåmko’ and individuals with a disability

Call the Barrigada Mayor’s Office at 734-3737 or 734-3859 for more information.

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GBHWC Crisis Hotline

The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) has a Crisis Hotline that is available 24/7 at (671) 647-8833/4. For those feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed or are needing to talk to someone, GBHWC has experienced providers available and ready to assist the community with any heightened stress and anxiety experienced as a result of COVID-19.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit dphss.guam.gov or guamrecovery.com. For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

(JIC Release No. 490)

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