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Stay-at-home order is extended on Guam as island records its 30th coronavirus death

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Knapp, left, and Lt. Burnetta Fears, both assigned to 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, conduct a turnover of medical checks with U.S. Naval Hospital Guam staff on May 7, 2020.

JORDAN E. GILBERT/U.S. MARINE CORPS

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 17, 2020

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Guam’s governor has once again extended a coronavirus-related stay-at-home order that was set to expire at noon Friday.

A new executive order, announced Thursday by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s office, came just a few hours after the U.S. territory reported its 30th coronavirus-related fatality, a 72-year-old man who died early that morning at Guam Memorial Hospital. A statement said he had tested positive on Tuesday.

As of Wednesday evening, Guam had recorded 2,013 coronavirus infections. Of those, 261 have been U.S. service members.

“Throughout this pandemic, we have had to do our part to keep each other safe,” Guerrero, who recovered from the illness after testing positive last month, said in the statement. “If we become complacent, if we falter in our resolve, the price of this virus will be higher than we can ever pay.”

The governor’s stay-at-home order, which is now set to expire at noon on Sept. 25, directs “all persons in Guam” to remain in their residences, except for essential activities such as food shopping, visiting a doctor or commuting to and from work.

The island 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.

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