On Guam: 3 more test positive for Covid-19; total cases now 87

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HAGÅTÑA (Joint Information Center) — Three additional cases tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 through the Naval Health Research Center or NHRC in San Diego. On Friday, the Department of Public Health and Social Services tested 19 individuals for Covid-19 with conclusive results. Two tested positive through DPHSS and 17 tested negative for SARS-CoV-2. Only one batch of tests was run by the Guam Public Health Laboratory or GPHL due to a quality assurance issue with the first batch. These tests will be rerun and included in results Saturday evening. To date, a total of 87 cases tested positive with 20 patients who have recovered and four deaths.

Most of Guam Covid-19 known positive cases have epidemiological links to other confirmed cases. Profiles of the 87 confirmed cases include reports of nine positive confirmed cases received from the U.S. Naval Hospital that were tested through the Department of Defense and sent off island.
Preliminary profiles of confirmed cases
Female: 41
Male: 46
Residential location
North: 32
Central: 35
South: 13
Homeless: 2
Pending: 5
Travel history
Dubai: 2
U.S.: 3
Japan: 1
Philippines: 11
Singapore: 1
Some cases traveled to more than one country
Age group
90+ — 1
80-89 — 4
70-79 — 9
60-69 — 24
50-59 — 16
40-49 — 15
30-39 — 9
20-29 — 8
10-19 — 1
CDC recommends the use of cloth face coverings
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. A significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity — for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing — even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.
In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. It is critical that people maintain six-feet social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. For more information, visit the CDC website:
Stemming rumors
Joint Region Marianas or JRM is aware of the photos of service members circulating on social media. The persons featured in the photos are not assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) or any of its embarked units.
One image showing groups of people standing near beach chairs was taken Saturday, March 21, before the ship had even arrived at Guam. In a separate photo, JRM has confirmed that some persons shown seated and standing in the water near the beach are active-duty Sailors completing a rotational deployment to Guam. JRM commander Rear Adm. John Menoni has spoken with the sailors' chain of command, who will conduct all investigative and corrective actions.
In accordance with Health Protection Condition C and the Guam governor's executive order, all service members on Guam are required to restrict unit and social group activities, including at public beaches and parks, and to implement social distancing. JRM is committed to enforcing these measures which are best practices for mitigating the spread of Covid-19.
Stay up to date with reputable sources
The Joint Information Center is aware of viral unverified messages circulating on social media and chat groups. The community is reminded to only share verified, official information with others. Visit the following links for the most up-to-date information:
CDC website:
DPHSS website:
GHS/OCD website:

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