8 new cases of COVID-19 in Catholic schools

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The Archdiocese of Agaña announces that three Catholic schools reported eight new cases of COVID-19 by students yesterday, August 24.

Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School reported that five students have tested positive for the virus. Academy of Our Lady of Guam has two more students who have tested positive and San Vicente has one student who is positive.

The number of Catholic school students who have tested positive for COVID-19 to date is 15.

The schools are working closely with the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) on contact tracing and testing. School administrators spent part of the day and last night communicating with parents and guardians.

Students who have tested positive are quarantining at home and those with possible exposure are receiving guidance regarding testing and quarantine. Partnering with DPHSS, Father Duenas Memorial School has stepped up to provide COVID-19 testing to the affected students and their families using the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid test at their site in Mangilao.

Here is the total number of students testing positive by schools as of Aug. 25: Bishop Baumgartner – 6; Academy of Our Lady – 3; Father Duenas Memorial School – 2; Dominican Catholic School (Yigo) – 1; Notre Dame – 1; San Vicente – 1; Saint Francis – 1. TOTAL 15

Archbishop Michael Byrnes and all the school administrators ask prayers for the students and all who have contracted COVID-19 here and worldwide. Thank you.

(Archdiocese of Agaña Release)