JIC #45: Profiles of earlier confirmed cases; DPHSS updates; USS Theodore Roosevelt updates

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The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) tested 41 individuals for COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 with conclusive results. Six (6) tested positive through DPHSS and 35 tested negative for SARS-CoV-2. The Guam overall count also includes six positive cases that were tested by the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego. Additional results will be provided later this evening once today’s test results are finalized.

Preliminary Profiles of Confirmed Cases

Most of Guam COVID-19 known positive cases have epidemiological links to other confirmed cases. Profiles of the 77 confirmed cases, which includes reports of six positive confirmed cases received from the U.S. Naval Hospital that was tested through the Department of Defense and sent off island:

GENDER

RESIDENTIAL LOCATION

TRAVEL HISTORY*

AGE GROUP

37 female

40 male

28 from the north

30 from central

13 from the south

2 homeless

4 pending

2 – Dubai

1 – Hawaii

1 – Japan

10 – Philippines

1 – Singapore

2 – U.S. Mainland

*Some cases traveled to more than one country

1 is in their 90s

4 are in their 80s

7 are in their 70s

23 are in their 60s

13 are in their 50s

14 are in their 40s

9 are in their 30s

6 are in their 20s

Watch for COVID-19 Symptoms: Loss of Smell and Taste, Fever, Breathing Difficulty or Other Symptoms

If you think you have a known or unknown exposure to COVID-19 and develop loss of smell and taste, or fever and other symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider or the DPHSS medical triage hotline at 311. Stay home and isolate yourself from other members of your household, and alert your employer.

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever on exam

  • Fever-subjective

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Loss of smell and taste

  • Loss of appetite

  • Nausea, vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Abdominal pain

  • Myalgias (muscle aches)

  • Chills

  • Chest pain

  • Sore throat

  • Runny nose

  • Fatigue/weakness

  • Headache

  • Congestion

USS Theodore Roosevelt Updates

Within the next 12-24 hours, Joint Region Marianas plans to move the first group of COVID-19 negative, asymptomatic USS Theodore Roosevelt Sailors to Government of Guam and DoD-approved commercial lodging for quarantine, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Sailors will only be permitted to depart Naval Base Guam following a negative COVID-19 test result and they must remain in quarantine in their assigned rooms for the duration of the mandatory 14-day period, by lawful order of their chain of command and in support of the Governor’s Executive Order.

Military leadership will be present throughout the lodging to ensure Sailors adhere to quarantine protocols and remain in their rooms. This will be an entirely military-led operation. These Sailors will be transported by military vehicles to the lodging and will not come into contact with the local community during transportation or their stay. Military medical representatives will conduct daily health evaluations for these Sailors.

Download the Latest Federal Guidance from the DPHSS Website

The latest COVID-19 information from the Federal Government on health, travel, and benefits can be downloaded at: https://dphss.guam.gov/covid-19

Stay Up to Date with Reputable Sources

The Joint Information Center is aware of viral unverified messages circulating on social media and chat groups. The community is reminded to only share verified, official information with others. Visit the following links for the most up-to-date information:

For inquiries on COVID-19, local numbers can call 311 or contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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