Guam loses 2 more people to COVID-19

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Posted on Aug 27 2020

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Guam has reported two more COVID-19 deaths yesterday, Aug. 26, one was a patient and another was a nurse at the Guam Memorial Hospital.

According to Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, both patients passed away five minutes apart from each other. She said on a live video that the ninth death was a 62-year-old female who had underlying health conditions. The 62-year-old was a registered nurse who worked in the Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Room at the Guam Memorial Hospital.

“She was also a registered nurse and a colleague, who worked in the ICU and ER at GMH for most of her career and dedicated her life to helping patients in our community,” said Leon Guerrero.

While the eighth death is a 61-year-old male who was transferred from Guam Regional Medical City to GMH after testing positive for COVID-19 last Aug. 14. Leon Guerrero said that he had existing comorbidities, which intensified because if COVID-19.

“Reporting deaths is never easy, and these recent passing, which happened only 5 minutes apart, have been especially difficult. These two people were more than just COVID-19 patients—they had families, friends, and loved ones. I know words are not always enough, but to the people they loved, Jeff, Lt. Gov. Josh, and I extend our condolences and our sympathies,” said Leon Guerrero.

Leon Guerrero stated that her No. 1 priority, as governor, is the health and safety for her people. She urges people to stay home to protect each other, and the community. “As a nurse, a mother, and a grandmother, I am appealing to your sense of love and compassion for family and our island. I cannot protect them alone—I need your help,” said Leon Guerrero. “To the loved ones of these individuals, I offer you my sincerest condolences and my deepest sympathies.”

The 62-year-old female was the second healthcare worker in Guam to have passed away from the virus. The other one was another GMH nursing assistant who had passed away last April 2020.

As Guam saw another 77 positives for COVID-19 last Aug. 25, Leon Guerrero announced that the lockdown that was expected to be lifted by Aug. 29 at noon, will be extended beyond Aug. 29.

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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