48 new cases of COVID, 18 with variants of concern; risk score now 9.0

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On Wednesday, the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) received eighteen (18) new results from virus samples collected on Guam, which have undergone genome sequencing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). DPHSS received the eighth set of results from the CDC. Eighteen (18) of the twenty-one (21) samples received were identified as Variants of Concern (VOC):

  • Thirteen (13) B.1.1.7 (Alpha)

  • Five (5) B.1.617.2 and AY.3 (Delta)

To date, 179 SARS-CoV-2 virus samples have been submitted to the CDC for genome sequencing and identified a total of sixty-nine (69) COVID-19 cases infected with variants. DPHSS previously reported variants from results from the CDC and identified the following:

  • fifty (50) 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

  • one (1) case identified with the B.1.617.2 Delta variant

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

Of the 18 cases reported, one reported travel history and was identified in quarantine. All other cases had no known travel history. Of the thirteen cases who were vaccine eligible, only one was fully vaccinated. DPHSS continues to send samples to the CDC for genome sequencing.

Results: 48 New Cases of COVID-19

Forty-eight (48) new cases of COVID-19 were identified out of 1,060 tests performed on August 10. Twenty-one (21) cases were identified through contact tracing. To date, there have been a total of 8,817 officially reported cases of COVID-19 with 143 deaths, 268 cases in active isolation – inclusive of eight (8) hospitalized cases with one (1) hospitalized case receiving ICU-level care, and 8,406 not in active isolation. The CAR Score is 9.0.

Guam COVID-19 vaccination update: As of August 10, a total of 104,797 or 76.89% of Guam’s eligible population (residents 12 years and older) have received either both doses in the two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) or the single-dose series (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) of the COVID-19 vaccine. This percentage includes 7,746 fully vaccinated residents between the ages of 12 – 17, as well as Guam’s fully vaccinated adult population of 97,051.

Three GDOE Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

On Wednesday, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed three separate incidents where employees tested positive for COVID-19, one each at Finegayan Elementary School, Machananao Elementary, and Jose Rios Middle School. In collaboration with DPHSS, the GDOE has identified and notified all close contacts who will remain in quarantine until they are cleared by DPHSS. Areas of the campuses have been cleaned and disinfected and are ready for regular hours of operation on Thursday, August 12.

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