6 COVID-19 cases with variants of interest identified on Guam


The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) on Wednesday received six (6) 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 seventh set of results from the CDC. Six (6) of nine (9) samples received were identified as Epsilon Variants of Interest:

Five (5) B.1.429 (California)
One (1) B.1.427 (California)

To date, 170 SARS-CoV-2 virus samples have been submitted to the CDC for genome sequencing and identified a total of sixty-three (63) COVID-19 cases infected with VOCs. DPHSS previously reported VOCs from results from the CDC and identified the following:

· fifty (50) cases identified with the B.1.1.7 Alpha variant

· eight (8) 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


DPHSS continues to send samples to the CDC for genome sequencing.


The community is advised to remain vigilant:

· Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance.

· Get vaccinated. Visit dphss.guam.gov/vaccinategu for a complete vaccination schedule.

· Stay home if you are sick, keep away from others who are sick.

· Keep a safe distance of at least 6 feet from others who are not in your household.

· Practice social distancing around elderly family members.

(JIC Release No. 741)