HAGATNA 27 AUGUST 2020 (THE GUAM DAILY POST) —There were 136 new COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday night, just hours after the Guam governor Lou Leon Guerrero said she was inclined to extend the restrictions of Pandemic Condition of Readiness (PCOR 1).
According to the Joint Information Centre, that increases the number of active COVID-19 cases on island to 676 which raised the total since 01 March to 1,120, with nine deaths. The new cases include a number of government employees.
The total number of cases confirmed since testing started in March now exceeds 1,120. Additionally, there are now nine deaths related to the virus, officials announced. There are 26 people hospitalised, four of whom are in the intensive care unit.
The lockdown was expected to be lifted by Friday at noon.
“Governor Lou Leon Guerrero is looking to extend the public health emergency beyond Aug. 29. We can expect the official announcement tomorrow,” governor’s press secretary Krystal Paco-San Agustin said.
“She’s inclined to allow banks and government treasury to open as early as Friday. She’s also inclined to open parks and beaches for individual use only by the weekend.”
Paco-San Agustin said the administration can’t stress enough that the stay-at-home order remains in place.
Meanwhile, in a span of five minutes, Guam lost two residents on Wednesday to COVID-19-related complications as Guam’s total number of cases continues to climb.
Guam now has nine COVID-related deaths, and one of them was a registered nurse who had spent most of her nursing career at Guam Memorial Hospital, according to Governor Guerrero.
The first patient was a 61-year-old man who was transferred from Guam Regional Medical City to GMH after testing positive for COVID-19. He had other health problems, which were further complicated because of this virus, the governor said. The identity of the man isn’t known.
The nurse, 62, MarnettePenarubiaAggabao, is being remembered for her kindness and generosity.
“She was always kind and generous,” a son, Angelo Aggabao said, describing his mom as someone who would not hesitate to help even if it’s a stranger in need.
Angelo Aggabao said his mom would always try her best to be happy, even during times of struggle.
Governor Guerrero paid tribute to the fallen nurse.
“She was also a registered nurse and a colleague, who worked in the ICU and ER at GMH for most of her career and dedicated her life to helping patients in our community,” the governor said.
“Reporting deaths is never easy, and these recent passings, which happened only five minutes apart, have been especially difficult,” said the governor. “These two people were more than just COVID patients – they had families, friends and loved ones. I know words are not always enough, but to the people they loved, Jeff, Lt. Governor Josh and I extend our condolences and our sympathies,” she said… PACNEWS

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