Coronavirus test results on 2 suspected cases are negative

Guam Memorial Hospital (PNC file photo)

The test results for two suspected cases of coronavirus on island have come back negative.

The Governor’s Chief of Staff, Tony Babauta, confirmed for the Pacific News Center that the tests did not detect the presence of the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease.

On Wednesday, the Governor’s Office announced that Public Health officials were aware of two possible cases.

Officials said neither case met the full criteria for a Person Under Investigation, known as a PUI. However, out of an abundance of caution, samples were taken from each patient.

Public Health Director Linda DeNorcey today (Thursday) said the samples would be tested here at the Guam Public Health Laboratory, rather than in Hawaii which would take longer.

That testing has just been completed and has come back negative, confirmed Babauta.

The Governor’s press secretary, Krystal Paco-San Agustin, said the staff at the Public Health lab “understood the urgency and importance” of the situation and “worked overtime—through the night—to complete the validation process” to ensure that the tests could be carried out today.

“We thank them for their work and commitment to the health and safety of the people of Guam,” she said.

Two other potential cases were identified today (Thursday) at a local medical clinic.

Samples have been taken from those two patients and they will be tested as well. The results of those two additional cases have not yet been completed.

READ the release from the Governor’s Office in FULL below:

Two Surveillance Cases Negative for COVID-19; Two Others to be Tested

Early Wednesday evening, the Guam Department of Public Health announced that out of an abundance of caution, two individuals were being tested for COVID-19. On Thursday, results issued by the DPHSS Guam Public Health Lab (GPHL) in Tamuning indicated that both returned negative for COVID-19. DPHSS was notified of two additional cases which presented today, March 12, 2020. These tests will also be administered by the DPHSS local lab.

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