28 test positive for COVID-19, highest 1-day tally so far; PCOR-1 may be declared

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Within a week, the island has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases and with the most recent 28 confirmed positive cases on Thursday, PCOR 1 may be declared as early as Saturday.

With the rise in positives, and with the recent confirmation that the island’s top government executives — Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio — caught the virus themselves, the government issued a memo on Thursday closing the Governor’s complex in Adelup and instructing staff to telework until further notice.

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The Guam International Airport Authority also announced Thursday morning that the third-floor administration office at the main terminal has also temporarily shut down after a confirmed positive COVID-19 case among the airport’s employees.

Meanwhile, the Guam Congress building was also shut down after an employee at the legislature tested positive. This comes at the height of the budget sessions — a time when senators are finalizing the fiscal year 2021 budget in time for the Aug. 31 deadline.

Phill Leon Guerrero, the designated spokesman for the Guam Legislature, said an employee at the legislature late yesterday evening, disclosed a positive test result for COVID-19.

“So in order to protect the health and safety … not just of our employees … our members … but also of the community at large and our families, we decided to close the Guam Congress building to everyone not explicitly authorized by our executive director,” Leon Guerrero said.

Leon Guerrero also confirmed that the Legislature is in recess until further notice.

As the governor receives guidance from her health advisors, according to reports from Adelup, the governor is considering declaring Guam under PCOR-1 this Saturday. PCOR-1 is the highest level of Pandemic Condition of Readiness and its declaration shuts down virtually everything on island except for essential government and business operations.

Meanwhile, DRT Barrigada also announced the cancellation of its Saturday walk-in services due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.

And Public Health’s Division of General Administration Office at the GITC Building has been closed until further notice after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a release from DPHSS, the building’s second-floor will be cleaned and disinfected and employees will telework from home unless given further instructions by their supervisor.

JIC Release No. 263

A total of 28 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, by the Joint Information Center. This the highest one-day total so far since the daily COVID-19 positive tabulation began.

Of the 28 newly confirmed cases, 11 cases were identified through contact tracing and four cases reported recent travel from the continental US and were identified in a quarantine facility.

To date, there have been a total of 477 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 5 deaths, 343 released from isolation, and 129 active cases. Of those cases, 426 are classified as civilians and 51 are military service members.

COVID-19 test results are reported from multiple labs at varying times of the day. The Joint Information Center will report cumulative COVID-19 test results once a day, unless unavailable.

For updated information on COVID-19 cases on Guam, visit the COVID-19 Dashboard and Situation Report at http://dphss.guam.gov/covid-19/.

Cumulative Results

The following breakdown provides cumulative COVID-19 test results for Thursday, August 13, 2020:

Laboratory

New Cases Reported on Thursday, August 13

Samples Tested (August 12)

Total Negative Cases (March 12 – August 13)

Total Confirmed Cases (March 12 – August 13, 2020)

Department of Public Health & Social Services (DPHSS) Guam Public Health Laboratory (GPHL)

26

307

14,311

294

Naval Health Research Center (NHRC)1/U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam2

0

0

3,506

71

Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS)2

0

59

4,118

70

Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) Laboratory3

2

37

3,284

28

Guam National Guard (GUNG) Laboratory4

0

0

17

0

Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) Laboratory5

0

42

938

1

American Medical Center (AMC)6

0

0

29

3

Other Laboratories

0

N/A

N/A

2

Probable cases

0

N/A

N/A

8

AS OF 4:55 PM, THURSDAY,

AUGUST 13, 2020

Total Confirmed:

28

Total Samples Tested:

445

Total Negative Cases (March 12 – August 13):

26,203

Total COVID-19 Cases (March 12 – August 13):

477

1Beginning March 26, 2020 3Beginning April 15, 2020 5Beginning April 30, 2020

2Beginning March 31, 2020 4Beginning April 23, 2020 6Beginning August 10, 2020

Profiles of Confirmed Cases

STATUS

MEDICAL STATUS1

GENDER

RESIDENTIAL LOCATION

TRAVEL HISTORY3

AGE GROUP

Civilian:      426

Military:        51

Stable:             121

Hospitalized2:   08

Released:         343

Deaths:              05

Female:    222

Male:       255

North:           250

Central:         126

South:            51

Homeless:      04

Non-resident: 46

Dubai:            02

Japan:             01

Philippines:    17

Singapore:      01

U.S.:               45

Mexico:          01

90+:              01

80-89:           08

70-79:           20

60-69:           56

50-59:           70

40-49:           80

30-39:           91

20-29:         100

10-19:           32

0-9:               19

1Some cases that were previously released from isolation have tested positive through follow-up testing

2Hospitalization rate is based on intake numbers reported by GMH and USNH. This number may be subject to change.

3Some cases traveled to more than one country