DPHSS identifies 7 clusters of local COVID-19 transmission


During Thursday’s press conference, the Department of Public Health and Social Services announced that they have identified seven clusters of COVID-19 local transmission from March 14 to 20.

Public Health Director Linda DeNorcey said the COVID-19 clusters include several social gatherings, fundraising, and travel-related events where the virus was transmitted to around 22 people in a one-week period.

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“The Sinajana Senior Center was another area where we had 3 positive COVID-19 cases. Another area was a golf trip in the Philippines and this individual who also plays bingo. So there was a total of 4 positive cases. That person who went golfing also had a golfing partner and he also had two other household contacts,” DeNorcey said.

She added: “We have also one positive case related to traveling to the Philippines. We also had off-island social gathering in the Philippines where four became infected as a result and that was two sisters, a cousin, and a brother.”

DeNorcey said two settings involving healthcare workers resulted in 17 positive cases. Another group include travelers from the Philippines who arrived on board a United Airlines flight. 

Another cluster involved a family gathering in a hotel where 5 individuals tested positive for COVID-19 after. 

The clusters also include the Iglesia Ni Cristo where 11 members tested positive for COVID-19. The church has local congregations in Yigo, Harmon, Mangilao, and Apra Heights.