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19th Covid-19 related fatality on Guam; 5 Customs and Quarantine employees test positive

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HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 19th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon at approximately 2:48 p.m. The patient was a 64-year-old female with comorbidities that were compounded by Covid-19. On Aug. 25, she tested positive for Covid-19 at Guam Regional Medical City and was transferred and admitted to GMH the same day.

"Too many of our days have been filled with grief. With the passing of another person, a total of 19 individuals have lost their lives and countless people have had to mourn for them,” said Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero. “Words are not always enough, but Jeff, Lt. Governor Josh, and I send our condolences and sympathies to her friends and families.”

The Customs and Quarantine Agency, for its part, has been notified that five employees have tested positive for Covid-19. The employees were assigned to the Port Authority of Guam Customs field office.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services is conducting contact tracing and protocols were put in place for the isolation and quarantine of all those assigned to this office. The office has since been sanitized and disinfected. Officers and administrative support staff have been temporarily reassigned from other sections to ensure continued operations at the port.

As of Tuesday evening, Guam had recorded 1,713 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 19 deaths, 951 not in isolation, and 743 cases in active isolation. Of those cases, 1,472 are classified as civilians and 241 are military service members.

For information on Covid-19 cases, visit the Covid-19 Dashboard and Situation Report at http://dphss.guam.gov/covid-19/. The Covid-19 Dashboard is updated on business days.

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