JIC #100: Zero positive from 112 DPHSS tests

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The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) tested 112 individuals for COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 with conclusive results. Zero tested positive through DPHSS and 112 tested negative for SARS-CoV-2. The results include samples from the COVID-19 expanded testing in Astumbo, Dededo.

COVID-19 test results are reported from multiple labs at varying times of the day. The cumulative total from all labs will be reported on a nightly basis. The following breakdown provides cumulative COVID-19 test results for Wednesday, April 29, 2020:

 

Laboratory

Reported on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Total Negative Cases

(March 12 – April 29, 2020)

Total Confirmed Cases (March 12 – April 29, 2020)

DPHSS Guam Public Health Laboratory (GHPL)

0

1,265

121

Naval Health Research Center (NHRC)1/U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam2

0

N/A

14

Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS)2

0

342

6

Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) Laboratory3

0

78

0

Guam National Guard (GUNG) Laboratory4

0

17

0

Probable cases

0

N/A

4

TOTAL CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

AS OF 11:35 PM, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020

145

1Beginning March 26, 2020

2Beginning March 31, 2020

3Beginning April 15, 2020

4Beginning April 23, 2020

The DPHSS overall count also includes probable cases of COVID-19 and confirmed positive cases tested by the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego, the U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam, the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA), the Guam National Guard (GUNG), and Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS).

To date, 145 cases have been confirmed through COVID-19 testing provided, with 5 deaths and 130 released from isolation. When a patient is released from isolation, he or she is no longer considered infectious. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research and published guidelines, a patient is released from isolation after at least 72 hours have passed without a fever or additional respiratory issues and at least seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared. All remaining cases are in isolation.

Navy Starts Returning Sailors to USS Theodore Roosevelt

The U.S. Navy began the process to return groups of Sailors from off-base hotels to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt onboard Naval Base Guam, April 29. These Sailors were previously in a restriction of movement in Guam hotels as a result of COVID-19 infections on the ship, and they have since been cleared to depart quarantine and return to the ship.

Approximately 700 Sailors remained aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt to maintain the ship’s essential functions, and to conduct deep cleaning and sanitization of the ship’s spaces over the past few weeks. Now, the ship is fully prepared to receive healthy Sailors who have spent up to 27 days in quarantine ashore.

These Sailors have had three negative COVID-19 test results, including one to determine eligibility to depart Naval Base Guam for hotel quarantine, and two additional tests to ensure they are COVID-free and healthy.

In order to maintain social distancing between the returning Sailors, transportation to the ship includes travel via large buses. These vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned in accordance with recommended U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standards before, between and after each use. All personnel involved in the transportation process will wear personal protective equipment, including all bus drivers and passengers.

For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

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