Also at today’s news conference, Department of Public Health and Social Services director Linda DeNorcey revealed that 20 positive COVID-19 cases remain in home isolation, five remain at Guam Memorial Hospital and only two are at the Skilled Nursing Unit in Barrigada Heights.
The SNU is supposed to be the designated isolation center for COVID-19 cases. But DeNorcey said those isolated at home do not have severe symptoms of COVID-19 and DPHSS staff are checking on them twice a day.
“Rest assured that everyone is in good condition, some of them are very asymptomatic, they have no symptoms. Their condition does not warrant them. They’re very comfortable to be at home. They meet all the requirements for home isolation in accordance with CDC guidelines,” DeNorcey said.
Of the 27 confirmed cases, DeNorcey said 15 patients are in stable condition, 12 are fair, and one has died.
The governor’s medical adviser and state surgeon, Dr. Mike Cruz made that announcement Sunday.
“As a soldier and a surgeon, I can tell you the toughest part of the job is losing somebody under your care. Today it was my duty to report to Governor Lou Leon Guerrero of our first COVID-19 related death at zero-one-thirty this morning,” Dr. Cruz said.
He added: “People of Guam, we need to take this seriously. Let me be clear. We mourn those who have lost so much. But our sadness is not a loss of faith. We are tired but we will not give up. We have survived so much and we will win this war together.”
Public Health also reports that 10 of the COVID-19 cases are men, and 17 are women. They range in age from their 20s to one patient who is over 90.
One had recent travel to Japan, five were recently in the Philippines, one came from the U.S. mainland and 20 had no travel history at all, said DeNorcey.