COVID and RSV update

Department of Public Health and Social Services

Yesterday’s public health meeting stressed the importance of getting vaccinated for COVID.

Dr. Bob Leon Guerrero–Chief Medical Officer said, “COVID still is among us and we recommend getting the COVID shots.”

He gave an update on vaccination statistics, “The rate of COVID infections are going down, the severity in children are going up. They’re the ones that represent the most unvaccinated group of all.

Dr. Leon Guerrero says that the unvaccinated group represents roughly 10-20% of people 6 months to 18 years of age. Vaccinated adults represent close to 90%.

In the past 8 months, there have been a rise in hospital admissions in children for COVID related reasons.

In addition to COVID, the RSV or respiratory syncytial virus, which causes mild, cold-like symptoms has been going around.

Dr. Leon Guerrero says that it has resulted in one death of a child, “We’ve had a lot of admissions on the pediatric ward on it.”

Dr. Leon Guerrero reminds the public that vaccinations are still necessary, especially for children who represent a large amount of unvaccinated individuals, “I encourage people to get their children vaccinated. Talk to your pediatricians, talk to your … and try to see about the vaccinations.”

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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.