Three coronavirus patients die on Guam in less than 24 hours

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 16, 2020

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The Guam governor’s office said three people died of the coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the U.S. territory’s pandemic death toll to 28.

At about 1:30 a.m., a 65-year-old woman with “underlying health conditions” was pronounced dead upon arrival at Guam Regional Medical City, according to a statement released Tuesday. “She was swabbed upon arrival and her results came back positive.”

At approximately 3 p.m., a 45-year-old female died at Guam Memorial Hospital, a separate statement said. She tested positive for the illness after arriving at the hospital on Aug. 17.

Another Guam Memorial Hospital patient was lost less than two hours later. The 84-year-old man tested positive for the coronavirus after being hospitalized on Sept. 3, according to yet another statement.

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

“I know these announcements have taken their toll on us all, but I want you to know that you are not alone,” Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said in one of the statements. “The virus may be cruel, but it is not stronger than the love we have for each other. Our island must remain committed to protecting each other and keeping each other safe. That is the only way we can get through this.”

Guam is under a stay-at-home order until noon Friday that directs “all persons” on the island to remain in their residences, except for essential activities such as food shopping, medical care or commuting to and from work.

The island has been under a “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.