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Guam extends stay-at-home order as island reports its 14th coronavirus death

This aerial view of Naval Base Guam shows Apra Harbor on Aug 24, 2020. MacAdam Kane Weissman/U.S. Navy

MACADAM KANE WEISSMAN/U.S. NAVY

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 4, 2020

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Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero has signed an executive order giving a seven-day extension to a coronavirus stay-at-home order that was set to expire Friday.

The order, announced Friday afternoon by the governor’s office, came the same day the island reported its 14th coronavirus-related fatality, a 59-year-old man who died that morning at Guam Memorial Hospital. A statement said he suffered from other medical conditions that were “compounded by COVID-19,” the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

The governor’s stay-at-home order, which is now in effect until noon on Sept. 11, directs “all persons in Guam” to remain in their residences, except for essential activities such as shopping for food, obtaining medical care or commuting to and from work.

The U.S. territory has been under a government-mandated “Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1” since Aug. 15. That order, which is set to expire Sept. 30, shutters nonessential businesses; forces schools to use virtual instruction; prohibits most public gatherings; and closes parks and beaches to most visitors.

As of Friday evening, Guam had recorded 1,619 coronavirus infections. Of those, 233 are U.S. service members, not counting the approximately 1,150 infections from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, which diverted to Naval Base Guam in late March and spent about two months fighting an outbreak onboard.

The U.S. military on Guam, which is under Health Protection Condition-Charlie, signifying a “substantial” risk of infection there, does not regularly publicize new cases.

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