JIC #126: One negative case reclassified positive; count at 154

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As of today, Friday May 15, there have been 154 cases of COVID-19 reported on Guam with 5 deaths and 124 recoveries.

On Thursday, May 14, two new cases of COVID-19 were reported to the Department of Public Health.

Following guidance from the Governor’s Physicians Advisory Group, the case initially removed from the overall count yesterday was re-classified as a probable case. A probable case is defined as a case that has been clinically diagnosed with COVID-19, regardless of laboratory result.

Of the two newly reported cases, one was identified with confirmatory testing at Guam Public Health Laboratory (GPHL) and the other case is associated with a significant COVID-19 cluster and tested positive at Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH).

As this is an evolving situation, information is subject to change with little to no notice.

COVID-19 Case Count Provided by DPHSS 

DPHSS is the official reporting authority of Guam’s COVID-19 laboratory test results. A daily situation report compiles COVID-19 laboratory results from all reporting laboratories as of midnight prior.

Tests conducted after midnight are reported in the next day’s reporting period by DPHSS.

The Joint Information Center reports information from GPHL nightly and from the
DPHSS daily report. The COVID-19 cases dashboard is updated with the most accurate
information available.

For updated information on COVID-19 cases on Guam, visit the COVID-19 Dashboard at
http://dphss.guam.gov/covid-19/.

Disability Groups and Risk of COVID-19 

If you have one of the disability types listed below, you might be at increased risk of becoming infected or having unrecognized illness. You should discuss your risk of illness with your healthcare provider.

● People who have limited mobility or who cannot avoid coming into close contact with
others who may be infected, such as direct support providers and family members

● People who have trouble understanding information or practicing preventive measures,
such as hand washing and social distancing

● People who may not be able to communicate symptoms of illness

Protect Yourself 

If you or someone you care for are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, take
steps to prevent getting sick. In addition to practicing everyday preventive actions, people with disabilities who have direct support providers can help protect themselves from respiratory illness in the following ways:

● Ask your direct support provider if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19
or if they have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19

● Tell your direct service provider to
-Wash their hands when they enter your home and before and after touching you
(e.g., dressing, bathing/showering, transferring, toileting, feeding), handling
tissues, or when changing linens or doing laundry. Learn more about proper
hand washing.

-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (e.g., counters,
tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets,
bedside tables), and equipment such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes,
oxygen tanks and tubing, communication boards and other assistive devices.

Refer to CDC’s General Recommendations for Routine Cleaning and Disinfections of Households.

Prevention and Treatment 

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often. There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please call your health care
provider. If a patient does not have a regular health care provider, they can call any of the
Community Health Centers or the DPHSS Medical Triage Hotline Phone Numbers listed below to report symptoms and obtain guidance from clinicians, or call 311.

● (671) 480-7859
● (671) 480-6760/3
● (671) 480-7883
● (671) 687-6170 (ADA Dedicated Number)

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