The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) tested 41 individuals for COVID-19 on Thursday, April 2, 2020 with conclusive results. Five (5) tested positive through DPHSS and 36 tested negative for SARS-CoV-2. The DPHSS overall count also includes six positive cases that were tested by the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego. Additional results will be provided later this evening once today’s test results are finalized.
Preliminary Profiles of Confirmed Cases
Most of Guam COVID-19 known positive cases have epidemiological links to other confirmed cases. Profiles of the 82 confirmed cases includes reports of six positive confirmed cases received from the U.S. Naval Hospital that were tested through the Department of Defense and sent off island. This also does not include two additional clinically diagnosed COVID-19 cases, both in isolation.
32 from the north
33 from central
13 from the south
2 - Dubai
1 - Hawaii
1 - Japan
10 - Philippines
1 - Singapore
2 - U.S. Mainland
*Some cases traveled to more than one country
1 is in their 90s
4 are in their 80s
8 are in their 70s
23 are in their 60s
15 are in their 50s
15 are in their 40s
9 are in their 30s
7 are in their 20s
Watch for COVID-19 Symptoms: Loss of Smell and Taste, Fever, Cough, Breathing Difficulty or Other Symptoms
If you think you have a known or unknown exposure to COVID-19 and develop loss of smell and taste, or fever and other symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider or the DPHSS medical triage hotline at 311. STAY HOME and isolate yourself from other members of your household, and alert your employer.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, congestion, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, weakness, and/or loss of smell and taste.
GDOE Grab-N-Go School Meals Update
The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) Grab-N-Go School Meals program launched last Monday, March 23, 2020. Since then, roughly 170,000 school meals have been distributed to students and families. The program offers no-cost meals to all children ages 18 and under, including children from public, private and DODEA schools.
In an effort to improve the distribution program, a meal limit of 10 per vehicle, and 5 meals per walker, will be implemented beginning Monday, April 6, 2020. Walkers will be able to receive meals beginning at 11:30 a.m., while regular meal distribution will be from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.
Earlier this week, the program also expanded to include breakfast and an additional distribution site at Maria Ulloa Elementary School. This brings the total number of distribution sites to 12. School officials have also been working with GDOE outreach staff and mayors to aid in the distribution of meals to families without a means of transportation.
GDOE asks the community for continued patience as it continually works to improve the school meals program. GDOE will also be increasing the number of meals prepared each day to accommodate the increasing demand.
Judiciary of Guam Jury Duty
Any prospective jurors who were summoned to report for jury service in the month of April will not have to report on the date of their April summons, in line with the Administrative Order of the Court. New notices or further guidance will be sent out at a later date.
For inquiries on COVID-19, local numbers can call 311 or contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.