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Two more Covid fatalities reported; CDC model projects 64 deaths on Guam by 01 November
03:01 am GMT+12, 16/09/2020, Guam

Two more Covid-19 patients died at the Guam Memorial Hospital today, bringing Guam's death count to 28.
 
The first patient,  a 45-year-old woman with  had underlying health conditions. She was initially admitted to Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) on 17 August and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.
 
An 84-year-old man passed away an hour and a half later. He had underlying health conditions and was initially admitted to GMH on 03 September. He tested positive for Covid-19 during initial work-up.
 
Youyang Gu, one of the models followed by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, has updated its death forecast, predicting 64 Covid-19 fatalities on Guam by 01 November.
 
To date, there have been a total of 1,927 confirmed cases  with 28 deaths, 627 cases in active isolation, and 1,274 not in isolation. Of those cases, 1,670 are classified as civilians and 257 are military service members.
 
“Our grief continues as we lose another to Covid-19. Jeff, Lt. Governor Josh, and I express our sincerest condolences and sympathies to his family and friends, and they will remain in our thoughts and prayers,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.
 
“I know these announcements have taken their toll on us all, but I want you to know that you are not alone. The virus may be cruel, but it is not stronger than the love we have for each other. Our island must remain committed to protecting each other and keeping each other safe. That is the only way we can get through this.”   
 
Leon Guerrero noted that the nation has been seeing rapid declines in health, sudden deaths, and the inability to be with loved ones in their final moments.
 
"Covid-19 has changed the way we mourn—we can't grieve with family, we can't comfort each other, and we can't hold each other. I urge everyone to do what they need to do to prevent any more losses," the governor said.
 
Meanwhile, the Department of Public Health and Social Services has authorised the resumption of all constructions projects after reviewing operational plans and inspecting construction facilities to ensure that Covid mitigation measures were in place and the health of the workers were prioritised.
 
However, the new directive does not apply to construction sites that have to be inspected, the department said.

SOURCE: PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES/PACNEWS


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