50th COVID-linked death; 67 new cases; 2 more GDOE employees test positive

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The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 50th COVID-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) at approximately 7:50 p.m. The patient was a 72-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by COVID-19. She was admitted to GMH on September 16 and was a known COVID case.

“Earlier this evening, we reached a sobering point we hoped we would never achieve. We lost our 50th soul to COVID-19. These people are more than numbers—they’re fathers, mothers, children, siblings, members of our community. They still had memories to make, love to share, and lives to live,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “I know many of us are done with this pandemic, but this virus isn’t done with us. With each moment of silence for a life gone too soon, we must also strengthen our commitment to protecting each other and our island. To her family and friends, Jeff, Lt. Governor Josh, and I send our condolences and sympathies.”

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 that a total of 67 cases were reported to DPHSS today. Of the 67 cases, 18 cases were identified through contact tracing and two reported recent travel and were identified in quarantine.

To date, there have been a total of 2,617 officially reported cases of COVID-19 with 680 cases in active isolation and 1,887 not in active isolation. Of those cases, 2,343 are classified as civilians and 274 are military service members.

As of today, October 2, there have been 50 COVID-19-related fatalities. One COVID-19 case was reported deceased at GMH on October 2. 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 Monday, October 5.

The following breakdown provides cumulative COVID-19 test results reported to the Joint Information Center on Friday, October 2 and reflects results from Thursday, October 1:

Laboratory

New Cases Reported on Friday, October 2

Samples Tested  on Thursday, October 1

Total Negative Tests (March 12 – October 2)

Total Reported Cases (March 12 – October 2, 2020)

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

28

347

25,732

1,253

Department of Defense (DoD)

1

3

6,873

469

Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS)

22

89

6,942

445

Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) Laboratory

5

33

4,928

206

Guam National Guard (GUNG) Laboratory

0

0

17

0

Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) Laboratory

3

43

2,803

128

Private Clinics

8

55

1,206

112

Other Laboratories

N/A

N/A

N/A

2

Probable Case

N/A

N/A

0

2

AS OF 10:40 PM, FRIDAY,

OCTOBER 2, 2020

Total Confirmed:

67

Total Samples Tested:

570

Total Negative Tests:

48,501

Total COVID-19 Cases:

2,617

Profiles of Confirmed Cases

STATUS

MEDICAL STATUS

GENDER

RESIDENTIAL LOCATION

TRAVEL HISTORY2

AGE GROUP

Civilian:    2,343

Military:       274

Stable:             650

Hospitalized1:

  GMH:              30

         ICU:         13

  GRMC:             0

          ICU:          0

  Naval Hospital: 0

Released:     1,887

Deaths:             50

Female: 1,202

Male:    1,415

North:        1,403

Central:         717

South:           368

Homeless:      04

Non-resident: 73

Dubai:             02

Japan:              01

Philippines:     22

Singapore:       01

U.S.:               124

Mexico:           01

Identified in Quarantine3:   121

90+:              06

80-89:           28

70-79:           78

60-69:         224

50-59:         377

40-49:         389

30-39:         520

20-29:         618

10-19:         237

0-9:             140

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

Two GDOE Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

On Friday, October 2, 2020, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed that two GDOE employees tested positive for COVID-19. One case was identified at Upi Elementary School and the other was identified at Simon Sanchez High School. Both cases were identified through contact tracing efforts.

Areas of both campuses will be identified for cleaning and disinfecting as needed. Employees will not have access to these areas until cleaning has been completed. Hard copy packet and food distribution will continue at both schools uninterrupted on Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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.

(JIC Release No. 374)

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