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.
“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.