JIC #142: Zero positive SUNDAY out of 97 tested by DPHSS

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The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) tested 97 individuals for
COVID-19 on Sunday, May 24. Zero tested positive.

However one additional COVID-19 case was confirmed by the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority from a sample tested Saturday and it was reported earlier Sunday.

To date, there have been 166 confirmed COVID-19 cases. 138 people have been released from isolation and presumed to have recovered. 5 people have died from the disease.

The following breakdown provides cumulative COVID-19 test results for Sunday, May 24, 2020 :

Quarantine Transfer 

Over 60 individuals completing their mandatory 14-day quarantine in Hotel Santa Fe have been transferred to Oceanview Garden Court due to issues with the current facility. The move will not affect an individual’s scheduled release date.

New Criteria for release:

New criteria for release of cases from isolation were implemented on May 22.

For persons having symptoms:

At least 10 days must pass since recovery, defined as resolution of fever, reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms, meaning no cough, shortness of breath or any other symptoms attributed to COVID-19 infection.

AND at least 10 days must pass since symptoms first appeared or, with recurrent symptoms, at least 10 days have passed since recurrent symptoms appeared.

AND at least 14 days have passed since the date of their first, or most recent, positive COVID-19 diagnostic test.

For persons without symptoms:

At least 14 days must pass since the date of their first, or most recent, positive COVID-19 diagnostic test assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test.

No testing on Memorial Day:

The Guam Public Health Laboratory (GPHL) is closed today, Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.

There will be no tests run on Monday. The Guam Public Health Laboratory will reopen on Tuesday.

Physicians are reminded to follow storage requirements by ensuring specimens are refrigerated at 2-8°C.

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, unless unavailable.

Access DPHSS Website for Quarantine Inquiries 

DPHSS has made available a website portal where the community can get the most up to date information on Guam’s current quarantine policies and procedures for incoming travelers.

To submit inquiries on quarantine procedures, including questions for possible exemption from quarantine at the government-approved facility, visit >>>
http://dphss.guam.gov/information-regarding-quarantine-policies-procedures/?preview=true.

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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