Naval Hospital sends COVID-19 samples for testing; all results are negative

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Of Friday's 25 confirmed cases on Guam, 18 came from Naval Hospital.

Naval Hospital Guam has run several COVID-19 tests on patients of the facility, PNC has learned. All the tests have so far come back negative.

In a statement to the Pacific News Center, Lt. Cmdr. Rick Moore, spokesperson for Joint Region Marianas said, “Out of an abundance of caution, Naval Hospital Guam has collected samples for COVID-19 testing. All tests are negative.”

When asked how many samples had been tested and over what time period, Moore said he could not discuss the specifics.

“What I can say is that U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam has specimen kits that can be used to collect a sample to be sent to laboratories at Naval Research Health Centre in San Diego,” said Moore.

Moore went on to say, “At this time, there are no indications that any U.S. military personnel on Guam have been affected by COVID-19.”

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Mai Habib
Mai Habib is a radio and television broadcaster and journalist originally from Toronto, Canada. She worked at CTV News and CFRA in Canada for over 5-years, where she was a reporter, anchor and show host. After a brief stop in Canadian politics and the non-profit world, she's happy to be back at the news desk on Guam. Mai is a graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program and completed her Master's in International Affairs and Public Policy at Carleton University. She is excited to be reporting on Guam's current affairs, legislature and other topical issues.