7 additional GDOE employees test positive for COVID-19

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On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed that seven total additional employees tested positive for COVID-19. Two cases were identified at the GDOE Tiyan offices, one from Tamuning Elementary School and four from F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School. All seven were identified through contact tracing efforts.

The GDOE is working closely with the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) to conduct contact tracing and close contacts of the confirmed cases 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 campuses and offices have been identified for cleaning and disinfecting as needed. GDOE employees will not have access to these areas until cleaning has been completed.

Update: Older Adults, People with Serious Chronic Medical Conditions are Most at Risk for Serious Complications and Death Due to SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19

Older adults and individuals with serious chronic medical conditions are most at risk for serious complications and death due to COVID-19. Serious chronic medical conditions include:

Heart disease

Diabetes

Lung disease

Obesity

Immunocompromised conditions (e.g. cancer, lupus)

Chronic liver disease

Chronic renal disease

Neurologic or neurodevelopmental condition

Current or former smoking

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. 315)

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