DPHSS – 850 New Cases; 36 Hospitalized; Food Distribution In Asan, Maina, and Piti Announced

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COVID-19 Test Results: 850 New Cases of COVID-19 

Today, the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) reported 850 new cases of COVID-19 from 2,636 specimens analyzed on January 25, 2022. 167 of the cases reported today are through the Department of Defense. To date, there have been a total of 29,478 officially reported cases, 282 deaths, 6,945 cases in active isolation, and 22,251 not in active isolation.

DPHSS Prioritizes Testing Symptomatic Patients, High-Risk Close Contacts

DPHSS and Community Testing Partners are prioritizing COVID-19 testing across all DPHSS testing platforms to only symptomatic patients and high-risk close contacts. Due to the high volume of testing in the last several weeks, testing kits and supplies are limited. The criteria for high-risk close contacts are:

  • Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated

  • Age 65 or older

  • Multiple comorbidities or multiple underlying health conditions

  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised condition

Tiyan COVID-19 Outreach Appointment-Based Testing

Community COVID-19 testing at the old carnival grounds in Tiyan, Barrigada has transitioned to an appointment-based system with extended hours. Unscheduled drive-ups will be accepted on a limited basis. For the safety of the community and swabbers, only four (4) adults per vehicle are allowed to be tested. To schedule an appointment, visit tinyurl.com/covidstopswithme.

Requirements for Minors to Receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Parent/legal guardian must provide minor’s birth certificate

  • Parent/legal guardian must have a government-issued photo identification (ID)

  • Minor must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

  • Guardians must present legal guardianship or power-of-attorney documents

COVID-19 Isolation Clearance Letters Not Required

The community is reminded that in accordance with DPHSS Guidance Memo 2021-16 REV01 (Amendment 01), an isolation clearance letter is not required at the conclusion of the isolation or quarantine period. Although an isolation clearance letter may still be requested, businesses, organizations, and Government of Guam agencies are not required to have employees or staff furnish proof of the conclusion of isolation or quarantine to return to work or school.

Food Commodities Distribution Continues

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE), State Agency for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Nutrition Service distribution will be available to village constituents only on a first-come, first-served basis. Distribution is limited to three households per vehicle at the sites. Face masks must be worn; bring a photo ID.

Guam COVID-19 Vaccination Update 

As of January 25, 2022, a total of 132,554 of Guam’s eligible population (residents 5 years and older) is fully vaccinated. This total includes 13,122 residents 12 – 17 years old. 6,412 residents 5 – 11 years old received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech two dose series. 4,022 residents 5 – 11 years old have completed their two-dose series. An additional 300 residents received their booster shots and a total of 49,878 booster shots have been administered to eligible residents since September 29, 2021.