77th COVID-linked death; 48 new COVID-19 cases; firefighter tests positive

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The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 77th COVID-19-related fatality was pronounced dead on arrival at the Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) at approximately 3:23 a.m. The patient was an 82-year-old female with underlying conditions and expired at home in hospice care. She was a known COVID-19 case and was previously admitted to GMH.

“Our island continues to mourn as we lose another soul to COVID-19. Jeff, Lt. Governor Josh, and I send her family and friends our sincerest condolences and sympathies,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “We cannot let our resolve falter. We cannot let our guard down. And we cannot let ourselves be defeated by this virus. This fight has gone on far longer than any of us imagined, but with our actions, we will be able to see the light through the darkness.”

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.

JIC also reported 48 new cases of COVID-19 as of 7:15 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Of the 48 new cases, 5 were identified through contact tracing.

To date, there have been a total of 4,466 officially reported cases of COVID-19 with 77 deaths, 1,772 cases in active isolation, and 2,618 not in active isolation.

As of October 28, there have been 77 COVID-19-related fatalities. Though two confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported deceased by the Joint Information Center today, one of these fatalities will not be officially included in the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) COVID-19 Situation Report until tomorrow, October 29.

The following breakdown provides cumulative COVID-19 test results reported to the Joint Information Center on Wednesday, October 28 and reflects results from Tuesday, October 27:

Laboratory

New Cases Reported on Wednesday, October 28

Samples Tested on Tuesday, October 27

Total Negative Tests (March 12 – October 27)

Total Reported Cases (March 12 – October 28, 2020)

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

26

333

32,298

2,319

Department of Defense (DoD)

2

34

7,822

537

Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS)

8

79

8,521

706

Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) Laboratory

1

36

5,700

326

Guam National Guard (GUNG) Laboratory

0

0

17

0

Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) Laboratory

1

69

3,994

238

Private Clinics

10

68

2,573

304

Other Laboratories

0

0

N/A

2

Probable Case

0

0

273

34

AS OF 7:15 PM, WEDNESDAY,

OCTOBER 28, 2020

Total Confirmed:

48

Total Samples Tested:

619

Total Negative Tests:

61,198

Total COVID-19 Cases:

4,466

Profiles of Confirmed Cases

MEDICAL STATUS

GENDER

RESIDENCE

TRAVEL HISTORY2

AGE GROUP

EPI LINK TO COVID-19 CASE4

Stable:     1,685

Hospitalized1:

 GMH:          83

   ICU:          12
Ventilator:   5

  GRMC:        1

   ICU:            1

   Ventilator:   1

 USNH:          2
ICU:           0

Released: 2,618

Deaths:         77

Female: 2,094

Male:     2,372

North:           2,434

Central:        1,205

South:             555

Homeless:        04

Non-resident:   64

U.S.:             156

Dubai:            02

Japan:             01

Mexico:          01

Philippines:    28

Singapore:      01

Identified in Quarantine3: 157

90+:            10

80-89:         36

70-79:       130

60-69:       372

50-59:       628

40-49:       657

30-39:       829

20-29:    1,038

10-19:       481

0-9:           285

Household:   1,247

Community:    788

Workplace:      394

Healthcare:        66

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

4 Some cases have more than one link to other COVID-19 cases.

GFD Firefighter Tests Positive For COVID-19

On October 27, the Guam Fire Department (GFD) was notified that a firefighter assigned to the Astumbo Fire Station tested positive for COVID-19. The firefighter reported feeling ill prior to reporting for duty and isolated at home as required by the GFD wellness policy and guidance from the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS). The firefighter remains in home isolation

Cohort quarantining is in effect at the Astumbo Fire Station pending results for remaining personnel. Cohort quarantining is a DPHSS approved practice of grouping asymptomatic personnel who were exposed to a confirmed COVID positive case. Emergency operations continue with adjustments made in scheduling for the firefighters assigned.

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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