All but 2 COVID-affected GMH staffers are back to work

GMH: Several men are seen entering Guam Memorial Hospital Wednesday in Tamuning. Most of the 60 GMH staffers who tested positive for COVID-19 have returned to work. David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

All Guam Memorial Hospital employees who tested positive for COVID-19, except for two, have been cleared and are back to work at the hospital, stated GMH Administrator Lillian Perez-Posadas. 

She earlier confirmed that since the pandemic began, a total of 60 staff have contracted the disease. That number includes 30 registered nurses and five doctors. 

One GMH nurse died after contracting the disease while hospitalized. She was a diabetic patient who was hospitalized for several weeks. She tested positive within the week she died after testing negative several weeks before.

GMH is the designated COVID-19 care hospital but accommodates both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 acute care patients. 

Both types of patients require negative pressure rooms depending on their illness, condition and level of care, according to Perez-Posadas.

Perez-Posadas said the infection isolation and negative pressure-capable rooms have been effective in the implementation of the hospital's evolving pandemic plan.

The hospital has 14 certified Airborne Infection Isolation rooms and 45 negative pressure-capable rooms. The hospital and its partners are constructing seven additional negative pressure rooms, Perez-Posadas said.

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