The majority of recently reported COVID cases on Guam are coming from the Naval Hospital, and military officials say many of the infections were contracted locally.
Of Friday’s 25 confirmed cases on Guam, 18 came from Naval Hospital. In a statement to PNC News, Lieutenant Commander Rick Moore, with Joint Region Marianas, said:
“The 18 positive COVID test results from U.S. Naval Hospital Guam testing announced Friday, August 14 were not all conducted on August 13. The results were aggregated from tests performed August 11-13. Persons tested included active duty service members, National Guard members, civilians, and military dependents, who presented to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam’s Influenza-Like Illness Clinic or who were identified for testing through contact tracing.”
On Monday, the Joint Information Center issued its latest amalgamated numbers.
Out of 1,000 people tested, the Island confirmed 42 new COVID-cases, with the Naval Hospital accounting for over half, at 22 new cases. NHG had tested 445 people.
In a follow-up statement to PNC, Moore said that again, “individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 as announced in the August 17 JIC release included active duty service members, National Guard members, civilians, and military dependents, who presented to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam’s Influenza-Like Illness Clinic or who were identified for testing through contact tracing.”
Moore goes on to say that, “none of the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 announced in the August 17 JIC release reported recent travel and none were on restriction of movement (ROM) related to travel.”
The military says initial reports link recent positive cases to off-base activities on Guam and they are continuing their contact tracing efforts.
Of note, Tuesday’s JIC listed zero new cases from the Naval Hospital out of 76 tested samples.