2nd Guam coronavirus death

Posted on Apr 01 2020

Eight days after Guam saw its first COVID-19 death, another COVID-19 patient who was admitted to Guam Memorial Hospital last March 25 passed away yesterday morning, according to several media reports.

A Pacific Daily News report states that Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero confirmed that the patient was a 79-year-old male. The man had no recent travel history but had existing health problems, including colon cancer, she added.

The patient and his family had ordered a do-not-resuscitate, which means that GMH was not allowed to take extraordinary measures to save his life. Additionally, the man had been on a morphine drip to keep him comfortable.

According to the Guam Daily Post, Dr. Joleen Aguon, Guam’s COVID-19 medical director, confirmed that the patient sought help at the Guam Regional Medical City last March 24 and was then transferred to GMH and was confirmed to have the virus last March 25.

Guam’s Department of Public Health and Social Services’ staff are currently conducting tracing and surveillance of those who might have had contact with the male individual.

Guam’s first COVID-19 death

Last March 22, Guam saw its first COVID-19 death. The patient was a 68-year-old female who also had underlying health issues.

The patient also had no recent travel history but might have contracted it from someone who did. The patient was also admitted to GMH where she remained in isolation throughout the week.

CNMI’s first death possibly linked to COVID-19

The CNMI saw its first death that is possibly related to COVID-19 complications. The patient was a 70-year-old man who was suspected of being infected with the virus. He also had no travel history but had come into contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19.

The man passed away at the Kanoa Resort in Susupe on Monday.

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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