JIC #118: Zero test positive out of 17 tested for COVID-19

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The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) tested 17 individuals for COVID-19 on Saturday, May 9, 2020 with conclusive results. Zero tested positive through DPHSS and 17 tested negative for SARS-CoV-2.

The Guam Public Health Laboratory (GPHL) will be closed on Sunday, May 10, 2020. There will be no tests run. The GPHL will reopen on Monday. Physicians are reminded to follow storage requirements by ensuring specimens are refrigerated at 2-8°C.

COVID-19 test results are reported from multiple labs at varying times of the day. The cumulative total from all labs will be reported on a nightly basis, unless unavailable. The following breakdown provides cumulative COVID-19 test results for Saturday, May 9, 2020:

 

Laboratory

Reported on Saturday, May 9, 2020

Total Negative Cases

(March 12 – May 9, 2020)

Total Confirmed Cases (March 12 – May 9, 2020)

DPHSS Guam Public Health Laboratory (GPHL)

0

2,278

127

Naval Health Research Center (NHRC)1/U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam2

0

751

14

Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS)2

0

481

6

Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) Laboratory3

0

181

0

Guam National Guard (GUNG) Laboratory4

0

17

0

Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) Laboratory5

0

41

0

Probable cases

0

N/A

4

AS OF 5:50 PM, SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020

Total reported on Saturday, May 9:

0

Total negative cases (March 12 – May 9):

3,643

Total COVID-19 Cases (March 12 – May 9):

 151

1Beginning March 26, 2020 4Beginning April 23, 2020

2Beginning March 31, 2020 5Beginning April 30, 2020

3Beginning April 15, 2020

The DPHSS overall count also includes probable cases of COVID-19 and confirmed positive cases tested by the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego, the U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam, the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA), Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC), the Guam National Guard (GUNG), and Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS).

To date, there have been 151 cases confirmed through COVID-19 testing provided with 5 deaths and 124 released from isolation. When a patient is released from isolation, he or she is no longer considered infectious. DPHSS uses CDC’s test-based criteria for releasing patients from isolation. This requires COVID-19 patients to have two consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart before being released from isolation. All remaining cases are in isolation.

Some cases that were previously released from isolation have returned to active isolation status after re-testing positive for COVID-19 through follow-up testing. To date, no additional cases have been linked to people released from isolation. As this is an evolving situation, information is subject to change with little to no notice.

For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

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