First newborn of the new year celebration will be limited due to COVID

Guam Memorial Hospital (PNC file photo)

For years, the Guam Memorial Hospital has traditionally celebrated the birth of the first child of the new year.

But because of the COVID pandemic, GMH administrator Lilian Perez-Posadas said the celebration will be controlled when the clock strikes 12 tonight to usher in the new year.

“It will be very limited. Because of COVID, and because of the restrictions, the commemoration will be limited and will most likely be a ‘zone’ presentation,” Perez-Posadas said.

She added that GMH has already received a notification from the vendor who normally donates some of the prizes to welcome the first newborn of the new year that the celebration this new year will be modified.

This was confirmed to PNC by Mika Caldwell, the vice president and general manager of Archway Inc., which has traditionally given away gifts to the first newborn of the year and the baby’s parents.

“We usually do it on January 1st but the hospitals are not allowing us to go in. We will do the presentation to the family once they are out of the hospital,” she said.