JIC #205: 5 new cases of COVID; 4 reported by DLS, 1 by Naval Hospital

JIC #205

The Department of Public Health is reporting 5 new cases of COVID-19 today.

Four cases tested positive at Diagnostic Laboratory Services and one case tested positive at U.S. Naval Hospital  Guam.

One of the positive cases reported they had household contact with a confirmed case. That person was identified through contact tracing. No other cases reported contact with to a confirmed case.

The tests for these 5 news cases were conducted over the weekend but are just being reported by DLS and Naval Hospital to Guam Public Health today.

To date, there have been a total of 253 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 5 deaths, 179 released from isolation, and 69 active cases.

Of those cases, 211 are classified as civilians , and 42 are military service members —35 of which have been identified among a unit deployed to Andersen Air Force Base (AFB).

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.

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

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

Guidance for Close Contacts of Someone with COVID-19 

If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, an employee from the DPHSS (contact tracer) might call to inform you that you have been exposed. They will ask you to stay at home and self-quarantine.

Close contact means you were within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes.

Guidance from DPHSS is you should stay at home and self-quarantine for 14 days, starting from the most recent day that you were possibly exposed to COVID-19. The contact tracer will inform
you of the dates of your self-quarantine.

● Self-quarantine means staying home, monitoring yourself, and maintaining social distancing (at least 6 feet from others at all times). You should remain in a specific room separate from other non-exposed people and pets in your home, and use a separate
bathroom, if possible.

● If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering. This will help protect the people around you.

● If you need support or assistance with self-quarantine, then your health department or community organizations may be able to provide assistance.

● Self-quarantine helps slow the spread of COVID-19 and can help keep your friends and neighbors healthy.

Close contacts of someone with COVID-19 should monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19 and notify DPHSS if symptoms develop.

Seek medical care if symptoms become severe.

Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.