3 COVID-linked deaths; 37 new positive cases; 1 GDOE contractual worker also positive

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The Joint Information Center was notified of three additional COVID-19-related fatalities.

The forty-fourth fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) at approximately 9:15 a.m. The patient was a 58-year-old female who tested positive for COVID-19 upon admission to GMH on September 2, 2020. She had underlying health conditions that were compounded by COVID-19.

The forty-fifth fatality occurred at approximately 3:23 p.m. at GMH. The patient was a 79-year-old male with comorbidities. He was admitted to GMH on August 29 and tested positive upon admission.

The forty-sixth fatality occurred at GMH at approximately 7:00 p.m. The patient was a 44-year-old woman. She was admitted to GMH earlier this afternoon and tested positive for COVID-19 upon admission.

“It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the passing of three more individuals due to COVID-19. To their family and friends, we offer our deepest condolences and share with you in your sorrow,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “We cannot let our guard down. Our actions do not just affect us—they affect our family, friends, colleagues, and community. We need to do whatever we can to end our days of grief.”

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 information on COVID-19 cases, visit the COVID-19 Dashboard and Situation Report at http://dphss.guam.gov/covid-19/. The COVID-19 Dashboard is updated on business days.

Cumulative Results

The Joint Information Center also reported 37 new cases of COVID-19 as of 9:45 pm, Monday, Sept. 28.

To date, there have been a total of 2,390 officially reported cases of COVID-19 with 550 cases in active isolation and 1,795 not in active isolation. Of those cases, 2,123 are classified as civilians and 267 are military service members.

As of today, September 28, there have been 46 COVID-19-related fatalities. One recently confirmed COVID-19 case was reported deceased at GMH on September 28. Though the fatality was reported by the Joint Information Center today, it will not be officially included in the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) COVID-19 Situation Report until tomorrow, September 29.

On Saturday, September 26, the Joint Information Center reported a positive case from the Department of Defense in error. The numbers have been updated to reflect the correct case count.

One hundred and four (104) new cases of COVID-19 were reported to DPHSS from September 25–27: 43 on September 25, 54 on September 26, and seven on September 27. This is inclusive of the 67 cases reported by the Joint Information Center on Saturday, September 26. Fifty-five (55) cases were identified through contact tracing. Seven cases reported recent travel from the United States and were identified in quarantine.

The following breakdown provides cumulative COVID-19 test results reported to the Joint Information Center on Monday, September 28 and reflects results from Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27:

Laboratory

New Cases Reported on Monday, September 28

New Tests Reported on Monday, September 28

Total Negative Tests (March 12 – September 28)

Total Confirmed Cases (March 12 – September 28, 2020)

Samples tested on September 27

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

5

147

24,898

1,139

Samples tested from September 25 – 27

Department of Defense (DoD)

0

47

6,645

458

Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS)

17

94

6,748

390

Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) Laboratory

5

83

4,819

195

Guam National Guard (GUNG) Laboratory

0

0

17

0

Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) Laboratory

6

106

2,654

122

Private Clinics

4

61

1,040

84

Other Laboratories

N/A

N/A

N/A

2

AS OF 9:45 PM, MONDAY,

SEPTEMBER 28, 2020

Total Confirmed:

37

Total Samples Tested:

538

Total Negative Tests:

46,821

Total COVID-19 Cases:

2,390

Profiles of Confirmed Cases

STATUS

MEDICAL STATUS

GENDER

RESIDENTIAL LOCATION

TRAVEL HISTORY2

AGE GROUP

Civilian:    2,123

Military:       267

Stable:             522

Hospitalized1:

  GMH:              28

          ICU:        10

  GRMC:             0

          ICU:          0

  Naval Hospital: 0

Released:     1,795

Deaths:             46

Female: 1,091

Male:    1,299

North:        1,273

Central:         656

South:           347

Homeless:      04

Non-resident: 52

Dubai:             02

Japan:              01

Philippines:     22

Singapore:       01

U.S.:               121

Mexico:           01

Identified in Quarantine3:   118

90+:              06

80-89:           27

70-79:           71

60-69:         197

50-59:         352

40-49:         357

30-39:         475

20-29:         562

10-19:         219

0-9:             124

1Hospitalization rate is based on intake numbers reported to the JIC. This number may be subject to change.

2Some cases traveled to more than one country

3Includes home/self-quarantine and quarantine in a Government of Guam facility

One GDOE Contractual Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19

On Monday, September 28, 2020, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed that one GDOE contractual worker from John F. Kennedy High School (JFKHS) tested positive for COVID-19. This case was identified through contact tracing efforts.

The GDOE is working closely with DPHSS to conduct contact tracing and any close contacts of the confirmed case will be contacted directly by DPHSS. A close contact is an individual who has come in face-to-face contact with a confirmed COVID-19 individual for at least 10 minutes or more and within six feet, or who has had direct contact with infectious secretions of the confirmed COVID-19 individual (e.g. being coughed on).

Areas of the campus will be identified for cleaning and disinfecting as needed and employees will not have access to these areas until cleaning has been completed.

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.

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