Easter weekend may have caused slight CAR spike but doctor says not to worry

Dr. Hoa Nguyen (PNC photo)

The CAR score has gone up to 0.5 after weeks of hovering around 0.2. Does this mean there’s trouble around the corner?

Dr. Hoa Nguyen of the governor’s Physician’s Advisory Group spoke with Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo Tuesday morning about the recent increase in the CAR score.

He said that the Easter weekend may have played a part in the CAR score’s increase and noted that there was a slight uptick in the villages of Dededo and Yigo, specifically among young people in the Filipino community.

However, Dr. Nguyen said that at this point, there’s no need for alarm.

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“I think that we…almost two weeks out, so I think it’s going to go back down again. Public Health has been doing a wonderful job of contact tracing and everything. So I think with this little uptick in the CAR score, we’re still doing very well. The hospitalization is only, like, one in the hospital, so the Path to Half is on the way and most likely we’re probably on target or just about or so late. The CAR score is a little bit higher than before…but it’s going to go down as the positivity rate will go down again in the next few days,” Dr. Nguyen said.

He added that hospitalization rates remain low with just one COVID patient across the entire island being treated at GMH.

Also, Guam still has plenty of vaccines in its inventory even with the pause on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

He said that with just the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, Guam can still achieve the goal of vaccinating 50% of adults although the island may just miss the May 1st deadline by up to a week.

Nguyen said that pop-up vaccine outreach clinics, such as the ones held for vulnerable communities like the homeless and the FSM community, have been extremely successful.

Also, enthusiasm among youths remains strong and is an encouraging sign.

“I think they’re one of the highest increases in the rate of vaccinations. We’re going to continue to do more vaccines. We’re also planning…AMC and GRMC…to do more to go after the school also, to reach out. There are multiple ways we have to approach the young adults, 16 and 17, and the more we vaccinate them, the better. And they are coming out in force. The rate of vaccination in that age group is going up very high,” the doctor said.