2 deaths, 5 minutes apart

GMH: Guam Memorial Hospital in Tamuning is shown on March 9. A nurse who worked at the hospital since 1984 has died of COVID-related complications, according to the local government. Post file photo

Guam mourns its fifth COVID-19-related death.

At close to 10 p.m. Saturday, the Joint Information Center announced the death of a 79-year-old woman who was admitted to Guam Memorial Hospital on Friday.

The woman had pre-existing health challenges and was pronounced dead just before 7 p.m. on Saturday, according to the JIC. She had no travel history.

"We mourn for everyone touched by this awful virus and send our deepest condolences to her family and friends," said Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero. "While no one can take away the pain felt by her loved ones, we can work to limit the damage it causes. What we face as an island isn't easy, it's painful and it is hard. This virus will take even more from us if we aren't committed to staying home and stopping the spread."

Two new confirmed cases were reported from testing conducted by the Department of Public Health and Social Services laboratory on Saturday.

A total of 33 samples were tested with conclusive results, according to the Joint Information Center. Two tested positive and 31 tested negative for the respiratory disease.

There was an additional confirmed case from Diagnostic Laboratory Services.

This brings Guam's total COVID-19 count to 133. A month ago today, Guam had its first three cases.

There were an additional 17 recoveries reported Saturday, bringing Guam patients who have recovered to 58.

The JIC announced that there will be no testing conducted on Sunday. Testing will resume on Monday.

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