Governor reports 9 COVID deaths, but no lockdown for now

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Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero (PNC screen capture)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and health officials announced the grim news this afternoon that there have been a total of eight COVID-linked deaths over the weekend and one previous death that only became known today.

Of those deaths, the governor said half was dead on arrival, or DOA, and five were unvaccinated.

The nine additional COVID-related fatalities reported last week and over the weekend are:

  • The 160th COVID-19-related fatality occurred at Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) on September 4, 2021. The patient was an 81-year-old male, unvaccinated with unknown underlying health conditions who had tested positive on September 4.

  • The 161st COVID-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) on September 9, 2021. The patient was a 95-year-old male, unvaccinated with known underlying health conditions and was a known positive case.

  • The 162nd COVID-19-related fatality was pronounced dead on arrival at GMH on September 10, 2021. The patient was a 77-year-old male, unvaccinated with known underlying health conditions who tested positive for COVID-19 on September 10.

  • The 163rd COVID-19-related fatality occurred at the GRMC on September 10, 2021. The patient was a 68-year-old female, vaccinated, with underlying health conditions who was admitted on August 30, 2021 and was a known positive case.

  • The 164th COVID-19-related fatality was pronounced dead on arrival at GMH on September 10, 2021. The patient was a 55-year-old male, unvaccinated with known underlying health conditions who tested positive on August 30.

  • The 165th COVID-19-related fatality was pronounced dead on arrival at GMH on September 11, 2021. The patient was a 56-year-old male, unvaccinated with unknown underlying health conditions and tested positive on September 9.

  • The 166th COVID-19-related fatality was pronounced at GMH on September 11, 2021. The patient was a 29-year-old male, unvaccinated with unknown underlying health conditions who tested positive for COVID-19 on September 11.

  • The 167th COVID-19-related fatality occurred at GRMC on September 11, 2021. The patient was an 80-year-old female, unvaccinated with underlying health conditions.

  • The 168th COVID-19-related fatality was pronounced dead on arrival at GRMC on September 12, 2021. The patient was a 62-year-old male, vaccinated, with unknown underlying health conditions.

“As we grieve more loss within our community, we are reminded of the challenges and tragedy that we continue to face. We may be overcome with hopelessness and despair during these times of uncertainty, but what is certain is the history of our people–and how time and time again we find our resiliency, and forge ahead to do everything we can protect ourselves and those we love,” Leon Guerrero said.

Despite the rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths, the governor said she is not considering a  lockdown for now as some have been calling for.

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“Right now, I feel that the measures that we have placed in our community and the tools that we have used to intervene to protect our community are very adequate. We have restricted social gatherings and we have asked businesses to enforce the vaccination mandate,” Leon Guerrero said.

She did say that additional restrictions have been proposed and are under discussion but there is no final decision yet.

“We’re looking at what we can do to help. Maybe not a total lockdown, but maybe some other restrictions. We have made those discussions. But right now, we feel with the measures in place. with our 83% vaccinated in the community, we feel that we can continue employing these measures, and trying to protect our island as much as we can,” Leon Guerrero said.

During the news conference, the governor also announced that an infusion center for monoclonal antibodies treatment will be stood up to help minimize and prevent COVID hospitalization.

Monoclonal antibody therapy is used for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients. Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful antigens such as viruses.

According to Dr. Mike Cruz, State Surgeon Cell, they have already placed orders for the monoclonal antibodies treatment and they should be arriving on the island soon.

The governor also said that her administration continues to be in discussion with federal officials to ensure that Guam gets a steady supply of the antibodies treatment.

“I have direct contact with the administrator of Department of Health and Human Services in Region 9. And she has assured us that she is on top of this, and tracking the supplies to make sure that our orders arrive on Guam,” Leon Guerrero said.

According to the governor, the Guam Memorial Hospital put in a September 2 order of 500 monoclonal antibody doses.

“She’s tracking that. And she’s going to make sure it comes to us as quickly as possible. So, as far as supplies, we are getting them,” the governor assured.

Teams from FEMA are also arriving this week to help stand up the infusion center and to help with vaccination.

 

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