During the last two weeks, the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) Chief Medical Officer and Territorial Epidemiologist, in coordination with the Acting Chief Medical Examiner, have been conducting a review of all possible COVID-19-related deaths.
This coordinated review process has resulted in the classification of two additional deaths as COVID-19-related and has brought Guam’s current COVID-19-related death count to 133.
The 132nd COVID-19-related fatality occurred on January 6, 2021. The patient was a 68-year-old female with underlying health conditions. She was admitted to the Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) on December 1, 2020, and tested positive upon admission. The patient expired at home after being discharged from GRMC.
The 133rd COVID-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) on February 19, 2021. The patient was a 29-year-old female with underlying health conditions. She presented with symptoms and initially tested negative upon admission to GMH. The patient was identified as a confirmed positive case following a confirmatory test performed by the Guam Public Health Laboratory.
“COVID-19 has taken too much from us, and today, our island continues to mourn additional losses due to this virus,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “Scripture tells us though we may grieve, we will also be shown compassion. To the people of Guam, we cannot lose sight of the progress we have made. We are the best line of defense against COVID-19, and we need to protect each other and keep our island safe.”
At present time, an additional four deaths are being reviewed. This is an ongoing process, and Guam’s COVID-19-related death count may be occasionally adjusted in the future, pending the results of the review.
(JIC Release No. 592)