18 COVID-19 cases with variants of concern identified

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The Department of Public Health and Social Services has received eighteen (18) new results from virus samples collected on Guam between June 1 to June 16, which have undergone genome sequencing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). DPHSS received the ninth set of results from the CDC. Eighteen (18) of the twenty-three (23) samples received were identified as Variants of Concern (VOC):

  • Sixteen (16) B.1.1.7 (Alpha)

  • One (1) B.1.351 (Beta)

  • One (1) B.1.617.2 (Delta)

To date, 179 SARS-CoV-2 virus samples have been submitted to the CDC for genome sequencing and identified a total of eighty-seven (87) COVID-19 cases infected with variants. DPHSS previously reported variants from results from the CDC and identified the following:

  • sixty-three (63) cases identified with the B.1.1.7 Alpha variant

  • fourteen (14) cases identified with the B.1.429 Epsilon variant

  • three (3) cases identified with the B.1.351 Beta variant

  • six (6) cases identified with the B.1.617.2 and AY.3 Delta variant

  • one (1) case identified with the  P.1 Gamma variant

Of the 18 cases reported, two reported travel history and were identified in quarantine. All other cases had no known travel history. Of the 16 cases who were vaccine eligible, none were fully vaccinated. DPHSS continues to send samples to the CDC for genome sequencing.

(JIC Release No. 758)

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