101st COVID death in Guam

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Posted on Nov 20 2020

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Three days ago, Guam recorded a grim milestone with the death of a 58-year-old man, who was the territory’s 100th COVID-19-related fatality. Wednesday night marked another somber day for Guam, which saw its 101st COVID-19-related death.

According to the Joint Information Center in Guam, the latest case involved a 68-year-old male, who died at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 6:32pm Wednesday. JIC said the man had underlying medical conditions that were further compounded by COVID-19. He was admitted to GRMC on Nov. 12, 2020, and tested positive upon admission.

The 100th case in Guam passed away at the Guam Memorial Hospital. He was admitted to GMH on Oct. 18 and tested positive upon admission.

The Guam Daily Post later quoted Gov. Lou Leon-Guerrero that Guam is in a “third wave” of COVID-19 infections.

According to the newspaper that quoted a speech Leon Guerrero delivered for the Rotary Club of Guam, she reportedly stated that the surge was due in part to an increase in the number of infections in the construction industry. She assured, though, in the same speech that her administration will take a targeted approach in containing the coronavirus, easing fears of a stricter lockdown.

In a JIC release, Leon Guerrero emphasized that the island has the necessary tools to slow the spread of COVID-19, which is wearing masks, social distancing, keeping up with proper hygiene, and staying home as much as possible. If the island continues to practice these COVID-19 protocols, they will “get out of this crisis stronger than before,” she said.

“We are told those who mourn will be comforted. To his family and friends, may you find comfort from the love and support of those around during this most difficult time. Please accept our condolences and sympathies,” said Leon Guerrero in her message to Guam’s latest fatality.

As of Nov. 16, 2020, Guam’s COVID Area Risk Score remains at 41.5 and will be recalculated once reports from all participating labs are up to date through the weekend. The CAR Score accounts for the incidence of new cases, how well current testing identifies these cases, and the rate of spread. An ideal CAR Score for Guam would be 5.0 and below.

Justine Nauta
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.

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