The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services on Sunday reported that 17 more people tested positive for COVID-19. This is the largest single-day total to date and six of them are children, one of whom is a one-year-old baby.
The 17 new positive cases raise to 112 the total number of island residents who have been diagnosed with the disease.
And at this afternoon’s daily news conference at the Governor’s Office DPHSS Director Linda DeNorcey said the 5 other children who came down with the disease ranged in age from 10 to 19.
“That was a one-year-old individual, it’s a baby of course and it was due to a household contact. In regard to the 10 to the 19-year-old age range, there were 5. Of the five, 3 are household contacts, one was travel-related from Honolulu and the other was a social event where they got the infection,” DeNorcey said.
The governor called the surge in positive cases troubling and warned we’ll see more unless everyone abides by the social distancing mandates she has ordered.
“It is troubling and it’s just a demonstration again that the COVID virus does not discriminate against age, sex, ethnicity … it is through all economic statuses. It’s a virus and it’s not selective. And so that’s why again we continue to plead for our community to be very serious about it. As I said we’re starting to see children infected,” the governor said.
Of those 112 positive cases, 25 people have now recovered. That’s a positive sign, said the governor, because it shows us that COVID-19 can be beaten.