With rise in COVID hospitalizations, no more restrictions will be lifted this week

Guam Memorial Hospital. (PNC file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero’s office issued a statement Wednesday morning saying no other restrictions would be lifted on Guam this week, and the island remains in PCOR 1.

There had been some talk of lifting further restrictions, particularly related to dining in at restaurants. However, Krystal Paco-San Agustin, the governor’s press secretary, issued a statement on behalf of Adelup putting to rest any speculation on the matter:

“Nothing is more important to Governor Leon Guerrero than the health and safety of the People of Guam. That is why she has taken aggressive and sometimes unpopular steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Governor has been clear that our policies will be directly linked to the data we have. She is especially concerned about the increase in new cases, the increase in hospitalizations, and the increase in COVID-related deaths. For these reasons, she will not be lifting any additional restrictions this week, and the island will remain in PCOR1 with a Safer at Home Advisory.

As we work to save lives and livelihoods, we emphasize that mandatory quarantine for incoming travelers, strong contact tracing, and the choices we make individually are the best tools we have to decrease any increase in COVID-19. Please avoid excess travel, wear your masks, social distance, and wash your hands. We must protect ourselves, our families, and our community.”

After dipping to the 20s, COVID-related hospitalizations are rising again at Guam Memorial Hospital. As of Wednesday morning, GMH administrator Lillian Perez-Posadas said there are 44 patients in-house; 15 are in the ICU and of those, 7 are on a ventilator.

Additionally, the island recorded 50 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday out of 472 samples tested. That still has us hovering around the 10% test positivity rate; well above the 3%-and-below target set by GovGuam.

We’re now up to 57 deaths, after 8 people passed due to COVID-related complications from this past Friday to Wednesday.