8 positive for COVID-19; testing continues today

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    Eight people have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the latest advisory sent by the Joint Information Center.

    The eight positive cases came out of the 186 individuals tested by the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) on Monday, July 20 — the day Guam went into Pandemic Condition of Readiness 3.

    However, it takes more than a day for people infected by COVID-19 to show symptoms and some, the so-called asymptomatic cases, don’t show any symptoms at all.

    Of the eight newly confirmed cases, JIC reported that six were travel-related and identified while in quarantine.

    Earlier, JIC also reported that four cases tested positive for COVID-19 from the Department of Defense (DoD). Of these cases, two reported recent travel from the continental US and were identified in quarantine.

    To date, there have now been a total of 327 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 5 deaths, 235 released from isolation, and 87 active cases. Of those cases, 278 are classified as civilians and 49 are military service members.

    The island went into PCOR-3 status Monday in line with Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s announcement during her news conference last Friday.

    Under PCOR 3, all businesses are now allowed to operate with the exception of senior citizen centers and organized sports leagues, tournaments, and events, subject to all previously issued minimum requirements.

    Despite the declaration of PCOR-3, the governor continues to reiterate that the COVID-19 emergency is still not over and that residents should continue to exercise precautions like 6-feet social distancing, wearing face masks and the practicing of good personal hygiene.

    Meanwhile, COVID-19 testing resumes today from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Tamuning Elementary School and on Thursday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Asan-Maina Mayor’s Office.

    Testing is free and open to the public while supplies of test kits last and no symptoms are needed to qualify for testing.

    Residents who want to be tested are requested to bring an ID if one is available.

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