Guam as of 4 p.m. Friday afternoon still has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Late this afternoon, the Department of Public Health and Social Services announced the results of four tests conducted today and the results were all negative.
The coronavirus was not detected in any of the specimens taken from four people who health officials have classified as “surveillance cases.”
The negative results on today’s four tests follow two other tests done yesterday which also turned out negative for the coronavirus.
To date, six tests have been conducted at the Public Health laboratory in Tamuning and all of them have turned out negative. The coronavirus has not yet been detected on Guam.
Earlier, Adelup confirmed that Guam’s fifth suspected coronavirus patient is a 9-month-old baby.
The Pacific News Center first confirmed with Department of Public Health and Social Services Director Linda DeNorcey Friday morning that the DPHSS lab in Tamuning tested samples from three persons under surveillance for possibly having contracted COVID-19.
One of the suspected cases tested was a baby who had recently traveled, according to Krystal Paco-San Agustin, the Governor’s Press Secretary.
When asked if the baby’s parents were also going to be tested, Paco-San Agustin wrote, “I understand they didn’t have any symptoms and testing wasn’t warranted at this time.”
The other two tests conducted were for samples taken from an adult couple who walked into a local medical clinic Thursday. DeNorcey confirmed that the baby tested is not related to the couple.
On Thursday, Public Health reported that tests on the first two suspected cases, from two other persons previously under investigation, came back negative.