Governor alarmed by spike in COVID-19 positive cases; but Guam remains in PCOR 2

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Governor Lou Leon Guerrero this afternoon called the spike in positive cases reported on May 20, Wednesday night alarming.

The 11 cases of COVID-19 recorded on Wednesday were the third-highest single-day total since the crisis began.

Despite this, the governor and her physician advisory group are not yet ready to reimpose any of the social distancing restrictions that have recently been lifted.

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“Yes. 11 is alarming, it is very alarming, and it is serious. But I don’t think one set of data on one day is going to be a cause for us to go back to PCOR 1,” the governor said.

A total of 64 samples were tested Wednesday and 11 came back positive. And 10 of those positive cases are all located in a residential cluster in Yigo.

Those 10 people are not all members of one family but Department of Public Health and Social Services Director Linda Denorcey reported that contact tracing found that they had all come into contact with two other people who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.

“Right now, we know it’s a residential cluster. That is an area where they are all residing. As far as the residents, it’s in Yigo Village. I really took the time to call the mayor to let him know. Be assured that all these 11 cases are going to be continually and closely monitored by our Public Health,” DeNorcey said.

A cluster of cases in the same neighborhood is a positive sign, said Dr. Felix Cabrera of the governor’s physician advisory group.

“It’s actually a good thing for the entire island that it’s actually a cluster or 10 because clusters are easier to study and control. And that’s the key part. If this were 11 positive that were spread around the island that’s a whole different scenario. And that’s when we may not even wait for our thresholds to be met,” Dr. Cabrera said.

The governor added: “Right now our hospital census for COVID-19 is zero. No one with COVID-19 is hospitalized. No one is in ICU. We feel very good about that and we feel that what we are doing is containing the virus.”

She added: “So we are not going to go back to PCOR 1. We are going to continue our strategy of monitoring testing and so forth as we move forward.”

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