One nurse tests positive for COVID-19 but not due to GMH exposure

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During this afternoon coronavirus news conference, GMH administrator Lillian Perez Posadas said that one of the hospital's nurses has tested positive for COVID-19 but not as a result of exposure at the hospital.

During what has now become a daily news conference on the coronavirus crisis, the Governor on Wednesday afternoon again urged all residents in non-essentials positions, to continue to stay home and reduce all social contact.

“With the lack of a vaccine and due to the process of the transmission of the virus, measures aimed at reducing social contact are the only measures that have shown to minimize the spread. I cannot stress this enough. Please stay home.”

Since the first cases of COVID-19 walked into GMH on March 14, Guam has recorded 32 positive cases (one of whom has died), 19 are in home isolation, seven are hospitalized at GMH and two are in the skilled nursing facility.

The status of the three new cases reported last night has not yet been released.

“If Congress does its duty to the nation and the territories you will receive cash to get by with help for your rent and mortgages. We are also tracking emergency supplemental nutrition benefits. No one should have to choose between staying home to keep their community safe and putting food on the table,” the governor said.

During this afternoon’s coronavirus news conference, GMH administrator Lillian Perez Posadas said that one of the hospital’s nurses has tested positive for COVID-19 but not as a result of exposure at the hospital.

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“There is one nurse who tested positive. But that was not because of exposure at the hospital. It was because of friends who came in from Manila. And she’s not at work. The ones who were at high-risk exposure to that one patient who was at medical center unit … so far the tests have come back negative and there is one that is pending,” Posadas said.

Linda DeNorcey, director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, said: “We doubled our testing every day with the help of GMH. I recently asked the staff to do an order for 200 more test kits and I’m hoping they’ll arrive very shortly.”

According to the governor, she has talked to the White House and asked them to send about 1,000 more tests and they are working to get Guam more tests.

“In terms of our austerity measures, we have always been very disciplined in terms of our expenses. At this point, there are no other added austerity measures other than keeping our expenses down,” the governor said.

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