No new COVID-19 cases linked to 35 airmen who tested positive

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The infected airmen were part of a unit deployed to Guam on May 25 and temporarily lodged at the Reef Hotel.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services has not been able to link any new cases of COVID-19 to the 35 airmen who tested positive for the disease.

The infected airmen were part of a unit deployed to Guam on May 25 and temporarily lodged at the Reef Hotel.

While they were at the Reef, unit members violated their restricted movement orders and visited 30 different businesses on island, most of them restaurants.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said DPHSS conducted a thorough trace of the places and people that the unit members may have come into contact with and they found no link to any new cases.

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“There were no positives in those contact tracings. Also, the head of the contact tracing did inform me that the positives that we do have are not at all connected or related to the 35 airmen,” the governor said.

She added that it is her understanding that many of the airmen in that unit who were lodged at the Reef have now returned to the mainland. They were here for the recent exercise at Andersen Air Force Base.

The unit did not come from one location. Its members were Air National Guardsmen from different states on the mainland.

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