31st COVID-designated death reported; 32 test positive for COVID-19

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The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s thirty-first COVID-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) this afternoon at approximately 4:48 p.m. (ChST). The patient was a 77-year-old female and had underlying health conditions. She was admitted to GMH on August 27 and tested positive during initial work-up.

“With each passing due to COVID-19, the families are not the only ones at a loss—our entire island community suffers as well. Jeff, Lt. Governor Josh, and I express our deepest condolences and sympathies to her family, friends, and loved ones,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “Almost every day of this month, we have announced the death of one of our own, and we are reminded of just how fragile life can be. Let us continue to treat each other with love and compassion. As we grieve, we should remember our blessings and remain unwavering in our resolve to beat COVID-19.”

JIC also reported 32 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of 7:40 pm, Thursday, Sept. 17. Of the 32 newly confirmed cases, 16 cases were identified through contact tracing.

To date, there have been a total of 2,045 officially reported cases of COVID-19 with 587 cases in active isolation and 1,427 not in active isolation. Of those cases, 1,782 are classified as civilians and 263 are military service members.

Cumulative Results

The following breakdown provides cumulative COVID-19 test results reported to the Joint Information Center on Thursday, September 17 and reflects results from Wednesday, September 16:

Laboratory

New Cases Reported on Thursday, September 17

Samples Tested on Wednesday, September 16

Total Negative Tests (March 12 – September 17)

Total Confirmed Cases (March 12 – September 17, 2020)

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

16

175

23,054

927

Department of Defense (DoD)

2

59

6,394

449

Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS)

6

81

6,304

323

Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) Laboratory

1

32

4,506

176

Guam National Guard (GUNG) Laboratory

0

0

17

0

Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) Laboratory

4

34

2,251

101

Private Clinics

3

21

682

67

Other Laboratories

N/A

N/A

N/A

2

AS OF 7:40 PM, THURSDAY,

SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

Total Confirmed:

32

Total Samples Tested:

402

Total Negative Tests:

43,208

Total COVID-19 Cases:

2,045

 

 

As of today, September 17, there have been 31 COVID-19-related fatalities. One COVID-19 case was reported deceased at GMH on September 17. 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 18.

 

Profiles of Confirmed Cases

STATUS

MEDICAL STATUS

GENDER

RESIDENTIAL LOCATION

TRAVEL HISTORY3

AGE GROUP

Civilian:    1,782

Military:       263

Stable:             543

Hospitalized1:

  GMH:              43

          ICU:        19

  GRMC:             1

          ICU:          0

  Naval Hospital: 0

Released2:    1,427

Deaths:              31

Female:   912

Male:    1,133

North:        1,043

Central:         575

South:           323

Homeless:      04

Non-resident: 52

Dubai:             02

Japan:              01

Philippines:     20

Singapore:       01

U.S.:               105

Mexico:           01

Identified in Quarantine4:   102

90+:              05

80-89:           23

70-79:           60

60-69:         168

50-59:         295

40-49:         320

30-39:         422

20-29:         491

10-19:         169

0-9:               92

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

2Some cases that were previously released from isolation have tested positive through follow-up testing

3Some cases traveled to more than one country

4Includes home/self-quarantine and quarantine in a Government of Guam facility

 

GBHWC Crisis Hotline Available 24/7

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.

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 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.

 

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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