JIC #140: Zero test positive Saturday out of only 4 tests conducted

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The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) tested four individuals for COVID-19 on Saturday, May 23,  with conclusive results. Zero tested positive through DPHSS and four tested negative for SARS-CoV-2.

The Guam Public Health Laboratory (GPHL) will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no tests run on Monday. The GPHL will reopen on Tuesday. 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 23, 2020:

 

Laboratory

Reported on Saturday, May 23, 2020

Total Negative Cases

(March 12 – May 23, 2020)

Total Confirmed Cases (March 12 – May 23, 2020)

DPHSS Guam Public Health Laboratory (GPHL)

0

2,726

139

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

0

984

14

Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS)2

0

796

6

Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) Laboratory3

0

583

1

Guam National Guard (GUNG) Laboratory4

0

17

0

Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) Laboratory5

N/A

88

0

Probable cases

0

N/A

5

AS OF 4:35 PM, SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2020

Total reported on Saturday, May 23:

0

Total negative cases (March 12 – May 23):

5,194

Total COVID-19 Cases (March 12 – May 23):

 165

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

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

3Beginning April 15, 2020

 

To date, there have been 165 cases confirmed through COVID-19 testing provided with 5 deaths and 134 released from isolation.

New criteria for release of cases from isolation were implemented on May 22. For persons having symptoms, at least 10 days have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever- reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) and any other symptoms attributed to COVID-19 infection AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared—or, with recurrent symptoms, at least 10 days have passed since recurrent symptoms appeared—AND at least 14 days have passed since the date of their first (or most recent) positive COVID-19 diagnostic test.

For persons without symptoms, at least 14 days have passed since the date of their first (or most recent) positive COVID-19 diagnostic test assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test.

Access DPHSS Website for Quarantine Inquiries

DPHSS has made available a website portal where the community can get the most up to date information on Guam’s current quarantine policies and procedures for incoming travelers.

To submit inquiries on quarantine procedures, including questions for possible exemption from quarantine at the government-approved facility, visit http://dphss.guam.gov/information-regarding-quarantine-policies-procedures/?preview=true.

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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