99th COVID-19-related death confirmed

GMH: A staff member is seen entering Guam Memorial Hospital on Nov. 10 in Tamuning. Guam's 99th COVID-19 fatality died early Tuesday morning at GMH. David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

Guam’s 100th COVID-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at 2:56 p.m. today.

The patient was a 58-year-old man with underlying conditions that were further compounded by COVID-19, the Joint Information Center confirmed. He was admitted to GMH on Oct. 18 and tested positive upon admission.

"At the beginning of this pandemic, the models projected we would lose hundreds of lives to COVID-19. While we are thankful that that model did not become our reality, we cannot ignore the magnitude of this death. To his family and friends, Jeff, Lt. Governor Josh, and I offer you our sincerest condolences and sympathies," stated Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero. "We are told weeping may endure for the night, many nights as we know all too well. But we are also told to be strong and courageous – do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Let us do what we must to become worthy of those we laid to rest."

 59 new cases of COVID-19

To date, there have been a total of 6,234 officially reported cases of COVID-19 with 1,796 cases in active isolation.

Fifty-nine new cases were confirmed.

Of the 59 cases, 19 cases were identified through contact tracing. Four cases reported recent travel and were identified in quarantine.

As of Nov. 17, Guam's COVID Area Risk Score is 22.5. The CAR Score accounts for the incidence of new cases, how well current testing identifies these cases, and the rate of spread. An ideal CAR Score for Guam would be 5.0 and below. To learn more about the CAR Score, visit Strive for Five.

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