Governor of Guam tests positive for coronavirus days after negative result
Stars and Stripes August 11, 2020
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The governor of Guam tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is now in home quarantine with her husband.
In a statement released late Monday, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said she learned on Wednesday that she had come into contact with a close relative who had become infected with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused the virus.
She and her husband tested negative at the time but immediately limited travel to essential functions only, the statement said.
She began to exhibit symptoms Saturday and received a positive test result that evening.
“I have been in home quarantine since this weekend and will be isolated pending my recovery," Guerrero said in the statement. “I remain in good health despite exhibiting moderate symptoms of the virus.”
As of Monday, Guam’s lieutenant governor and its acting chief of staff both tested negative, the statement added.
Just last week, Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base lowered their health protection conditions to reflect a moderate risk of coronavirus infection.
Lowering the risk rating from “substantial” came as the result of the daily rate of new coronavirus cases falling for two weeks, as well as the base hospitals admitting fewer infected patients.
The island has had 434 confirmed cases and five deaths as of Tuesday, according to the Guam Department of Health and Social Services. Fifty U.S. service members have tested positive.