5th COVID-19 death in Guam

Posted on Apr 13 2020


Guam tested 38 individuals for COVID-19 last April 10 and all 38 showed negative results. That piece of good news was tempered just 24 hours later, when Guam saw its fifth COVID-19-related death, followed by three more positive cases last April 11.

According to an update from the Joint Information Center in Guam, the deceased was a 79-year-old woman who passed away at the Guam Memorial Hospital. The woman was seen at GMH last April 10, and had a medical history of diabetes, hypertension, and coronary artery disease and had no travel history.

“We mourn for everyone touched by this awful virus, and we send our deepest condolences to this woman’s family and friends. While no one can take away the pain felt by her loved ones, we can work to limit the damage it causes,” said Guam’s Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero in the JIC update. “What we face as an island isn’t easy. It’s painful and it is hard—but this virus will take even more from us if we aren’t committed to staying home and stopping the spread. In this Easter season, I pray that we all have the strength, courage, and wisdom to do what we must to prevent even more sadness.”

According to the JIC update, the Department of Public Health and Social Services tested 33 individuals for COVID-19 last April 11. Two tested positive through DPHSS, 31 tested negative, and one additional case has been confirmed through Diagnostic Laboratory Services.

The DPHSS overall count also includes cases of COVID-19 that have been clinically diagnosed, confirmed positive cases tested by the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, California, and confirmed positive cases through DLS.

As of late evening April 11, there are a total of 133 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Guam, with 58 recoveries and five deaths. All 70 remaining cases are in isolation.

COVID-19 on Saipan

As of 4pm, April 12, the CNMI’s statistics for COVID-19 remain the same as of April 8. The Commonwealth Health Care Corp. is still waiting for the results of the nine pending COVID-19 tests.

To date, there are a total of 11 positive results in the CNMI and two deaths. A reliable source told Saipan Tribune that all positive cases remain in isolation at Kanoa Resort in Susupe.

Justine Nauta | Correspondent
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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