Guam: 3 more COVID-19-related fatalities

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Posted on Sep 30 2020

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Guam reported three more COVID-19-related fatalities last Sept. 28, with ages ranging from 40 to 79, raising the U.S. territory’s total number of fatalities to 46.

According to the Joint Information Center, the 44th fatality happened at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 9:15am last Sept. 28. The individual was a 58-year-old female who had underlying health conditions that were compounded by COVID-19 and had tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival at GMH last Sept. 2.

JIC reported that the 45th fatality occurred at approximately 3:23pm at GMH. The patient was a 79-year-old male with comorbidities. He was admitted to GMH last Aug. 29 and tested positive upon admission.

The 46th fatality also happened at GMC. The individual, a 44-year-old woman, tested positive upon arrival at GMH last Sept. 28 and was pronounced dead on the same day at approximately 7pm.

“It is never easy losing more people to COVID-19,” said Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero in announcing the passing of the three individuals last Sept. 28. She extended her condolences to all the three individual’s family, friends, and those who are dear to them.

“We cannot let our guard down. Our actions do not just affect us—they affect our family, friends, colleagues, and community. We need to do whatever we can to end our days of grief,” said Leon Guerrero.

COVID-19 has infected more than 2,390 individuals, and have taken 46 lives, however, COVID-19 isolation has already taken 15 lives as of Sept. 5.

Also, from January to August, Guam’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner recorded 26 suicides, an average of 3.25 a month. From the month of June through August, there were 15 suicides, five each month, in the last three months alone.

The COVID-19 pandemic is never easy for those whose mental health is severe to stay in isolation for a long period of time. This is why the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center has a Crisis Hotline that is available 24/7 at (671) 647-8833/4.

“For those feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, or are needing to talk to someone, GBHWC has experienced providers available and ready to assist the community with any heightened stress and anxiety experienced as a result of COVID-19,” said JIC.

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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