A positive civilian COVID case is linked to AAFB cluster of 35

Andersen Air Force Base (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services has now linked one positive case of COVID-19 to the cluster of 35 Andersen AFB airmen who have tested positive for the disease during their stay at the Guam Reef Hotel in Tumon.

Joint Information Release number 193 states that: “One case was identified through community contact tracing of a recent cluster among service members deployed to Andersen Air Force Base.”

No further details about that case have been provided.

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However, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s press secretary, Krystal Paco, was able to confirm that of the more than 100 tests conducted yesterday, more than 70 were employees of the Reef hotel.

Guam Reef General Manager Yasuo Hoshino declined to comment and referred all questions to Department of Public Health and Social Services Director Linda DeNorcey who has acknowledged that when the airmen were staying at the Reef Hotel, some of them violated their restricted movement orders and went out-on-the-town in Tumon, possibly infecting members of the public.

The 35 airmen are all now in isolation at Andersen. Public Health is testing Reef employees and various unnamed businesses in Tumon that may have been patronized by the COVID-positive airmen.

36th Wing Commander Brig General Gentry Boswell said yesterday that an investigation has been launched and any airman who violated orders will be disciplined.

Two other positive cases of COVID-19 were also reported today. An additional case of COVID-19 has been reported in a person currently staying in a government quarantine facility that recently returned from the Philippines.

The third case was reported by Diagnostic Laboratory Services. That person said they had no contact with any other confirmed cases.

To date, there have been a total of 225 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began. Five have died, 174 have been released, and presumed recovered. Just 46 active cases remain.