86 have recovered from COVID-19; only 44 active cases now


In her daily Facebook post this morning, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero reports that 13 more people have recovered from COVID-19.

That raises to 86 the total number of island residents who have recovered out of the 135 who have tested positive.  Five have died from the disease.

Of the 32 people who were tested by Guam Public Health Wednesday, no one tested positive.

There are now only 44 active cases of COVID-19 on island.

“We are now at an 86% recovery rate,” said the Governor. “Our infection rate is about 14.5%.”

“These are good numbers,” said the Governor. “Hopefully we will continue on in the next couple of weeks with this slow and low trajectory.”

The Governor said hospital capacity to care for those infected is “adequate” but there is not a lot of “wiggle room.”

She said health officials are working “very hard” to have more beds available in anticipation of the possibility of another wave of positive cases.

The Governor also said that the first stimulus checks to the island’s lowest income earners will be going out tomorrow, Friday, April 17.  About $11 million in Guam taxpayer funds are being used to send checks out to roughly 6,800 people. The money will be reimbursed by the federal government once the economic impact aid program authorized by the CARES Act begins.

She also said that once more supplies come in to expand testing for COVID-19, “we will do that.”