Coronavirus: Guam Status Update



https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/coronavirus-guam-status-update/

Dear friends, despite our remote location here in the Western Pacific Ocean, we have not completely escaped the negative effects of this ongoing global crisis. However, thankfully, due to our strict adherence to GovGuam-mandated stay-home orders, social distancing, wearing face masks, etc., the negative impact of the coronavirus has been greatly mitigated thus far, compared to many other places around the world. By God’s Grace, this will continue to be the case into the future. However, it is not all roses here, as you will see in a minute.

Coronavirus test results began to be publicly reported by our government and local news media on March 12, 2020. I can report the following statistics to you. As I said, compared to many other places in the world, we are doing quite well, but the numbers are still alarming for the small size of our island. It is for this reason that I am personally convinced that home quarantine, social distancing and wearing face masks have been effective tools in combating this virus:

Stats for March 12, 2020 through September 22, 2020

Last Updated On: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Last Updated At: 05:08 PM ChST (Chamorro Standard Time/GMT+10)

Positive Results: 2,147
Recovered: 1,505
Active: 607
Deaths: 37

COVID-19 Deaths:

03-22-20 – 1 (68, female, patient had multiple co-morbidities, including end-stage renal disease.)
03-31-20 – 1 (79, male, patient had colon cancer and other health issues)
04-01-20 – 1 (81, male, patient had multiple co-morbidities)
04-03-20 – 1 (67, female, patient had underlying health issues)
04-11-20 – 1 (79, female, patient had underlying co-morbidities)
08-20-20 – 1 (70, male, arrived DOA at hospital)
08-21-20 – 1 (34, male, patient had underlying health issues)
08-26-20 – 1 (61, male, patient had existing co-morbidities)
08-26-20 – 1 (62, female, patient had multiple co-morbidities)
08-27-20 – 1 (96, female, arrived DOA at hospital)
09-01-20 – 1 (73, female, patient had underlying health issues)
09-01-20 – 1 (36, female)
09-01-20 – 1 (74, male)
09-04-20 – 1 (59, male, patient had underlying health issues)
09-04-20 – 1 (55, male, patient had underlying co-morbidities)
09-06-20 – 1 (49, female, patient had underlying co-morbidities)
09-07-20 – 1 (31, female, patient had underlying health issues)
09-07-20 – 1 (65, male, patient had underlying co-morbidities)
09-08-20 – 1 (64, female, patient had underlying health issues)
09-09-20 – 1 (60, female, patient had underlying health issues)
09-10-20 – 1 (74, female, patient had underlying health issues)
09-10-20 – 1 (59, male, patient had underlying co-morbidities)
09-11-20 – 1 (95, male, patient had underlying health issues)
09-11-20 – 1 (91, male, patient had underlying co-morbidities)
09-12-20 – 1 (58, female, patient had underlying co-morbidities)
09-12-20 – 1 (10, male, patient had underlying health issues)
09-15-20 – 1 (45, female, patient had underlying health issues)
09-15-20 – 1 (84, male, patient had underlying health issues)
09-16-20 – 1 (65, female, patient had underlying health issues)
09-17-20 – 1 (72, male, patient had underlying health issues)
09-18-20 – 1 (77, female, patient had underlying health issues)
09-18-20 – 1 (92, female, patient had underlying health issues)
09-18-20 – 1 (56, female, patient had underlying health issues)
09-19-20 – 1 (59, male, patient had underlying health issues)
09-20-20 – 1 (56, male, patient had underlying health issues)
09-22-20 – 1 (65, male, patient was a known COVID-19 case)
09-22-20 – 1 (52, female, patient had underlying health issues)

As you can see, according to the statistics, we experienced only five deaths from March 22, 2020 to April 11, 2020. After that, we didn’t have a single death in over four months. Then, suddenly, in August of 2020, our numbers — both confirmed cases and the number of deaths — began to skyrocket at an alarming rate, making this period even worse than the first six months of infections here.

Furthermore, as has occurred in other places, initially, those people who have perished were all elderly individuals with pre-existing health conditions. But then notice what happened beginning in August: people in their 30s began to die, and even one 10-year-old boy died. Please note that we do have a large elderly population here — of which I am one — so please keep us in your prayers. Thanks!

Here’s the problem: According to the administrator at Guam Memorial Hospital, there are only 17 beds for ICU patients at GMH. In addition, there are 43 beds available for COVID-19 patients who don’t necessarily need ICU level of care. In other words, our government-run hospital is already maxed out, which is what our governor has been trying to avoid for the past six months. Now it has happened. We do have another hospital — Guam Regional Medical Center — which can help with additional COVID-19 patients. However, clearly, we have lost control of the situation, in my view.

Oh, one other important fact: Don’t believe the nonsense about the sun and heat destroying the coronavirus. We are a tropical island. It never, ever gets cold here. The lowest it ever gets here is the low to mid 70s, and that is only at night, or when a strong typhoon is passing through our area. COVID-19 is very virulent.

In addition to the infections in our local population, the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt — which was docked here until the third week of May 2020 — had at least 1,156 infected sailors as of May 5, 2020, and possibly more. One sailor died at the Naval Hospital on Guam while the vessel was docked here. Over 4,200 sailors were eventually evacuated from the ship, and were in quarantine in hotels and other locations on Guam. At least 14 sailors became re-infected after having had the coronavirus, recovering from it, and then testing negative once or twice. The ship is now back out at sea.

Due to a recent uptick in the number of confirmed cases on our island — as has likewise occurred in the mainland USA as well — our governor has once again extended the public health emergency — meaning home quarantine, social distancing, mandatory mask-wearing, etc. It has been like this for a number of months now. The lockdown period just keeps getting extended again and again as the situation here continues to worsen.

As many other communities in the mainland USA have likewise experienced, the pandemic is having a very negative effect on our island’s economy; particularly because we depend heavily on tourism, which has been at a standstill for several months now. A number of our local businesses have already been forced to close their doors permanently, because the current economic environment makes remaining open unsustainable. For the immediate future, the economic situation here looks rather bleak, and more of the smaller mom and pop businesses will probably follow suit.

For those of you who may have possibly missed some of my previous coronavirus-related writings, following is a list of everything I have written to date regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. I believe that you will find a lot of useful, factual, instructive and Scriptural information in this material. Please feel free to share this list on your own timelines, pages, in your Facebook groups, and on any other social networks where you happen to participate. Thank you so very much, and God bless you!

Bill’s Bible Basics Coronavirus Information Center:

Bill’s Bible Basics Coronavirus Information Center

Bill’s Bible Basics Articles:

BBB Article: “Coronavirus: Just the Facts, Ma’am”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Articles/coronavirus-1.html

BBB Article: “COVID-19, Financial Assistance and Christian Love”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Articles/covid-19-financial-assistance-christian-love-1.html

BBB Article: “Coronavirus: Defiant Christians, Stay Home!”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Articles/coronavirus-defiant-christians-stay-home-1.html

BBB Article: “COVID-19: Exposure Logging and Contact Tracing: Is It Safe?”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Articles/COVID-19-ExposureLogging-ContactTracing-1.html

Bill’s Bible Basics Blog Posts:

BBB Blog Post: “Coronavirus: Latest Statistics – Bill’s Bible Basics Blog”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/coronavirus-latest-statistics-bills-bible-basics-blog/

BBB Blog Post: “Stop Joking About the Coronavirus”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/stop-joking-about-the-coronavirus/

BBB Blog Post: “Coronavirus: God Will Silence the Fools”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/coronavirus-god-will-silence-the-fools/

BBB Blog Post: “Coronavirus: Be Still and Know That I Am God”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/coronavirus-be-still-and-know-that-i-am-god/

BBB Blog Post: “Is COVID-19 the New Normal? : Don’t Freak Out! Trust the Lord!”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/is-covid-19-the-new-normal-dont-freak-out-trust-the-lord/

BBB Blog Post: “Helpful Tips Regarding Using Face Masks and Respirators”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/helpful-tips-regarding-using-face-masks-and-respirators/

BBB Blog Post: “Coronavirus: Why Do You Condemn Your Brethren?”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/coronavirus-coronavirus-why-do-you-condemn-your-brethren/

BBB Blog Post: “Coronavirus: Are You Distracted?”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/coronavirus-are-you-distracted/

BBB Blog Post: “Recording: COVID-19 Safety Tips From Doctor Negrín University Hospital, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/recording-covid-19-safety-tips-from-doctor-negrin-university-hospital-gran-canaria-canary-islands/

BBB Blog Post: “Coronavirus: Wake Up, Already!”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/coronavirus-wake-up-already/

BBB Blog Post: “Coronavirus: 40 Bible Verse Lists Regarding God’s Love, Patience, Wrath, Judgments and Repentance”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/coronavirus-40-bible-verse-lists-regarding-gods-love-patience-wrath-judgments-and-repentance/

BBB Blog Post: “Coronavirus: Where is Your Common Sense?”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/coronavirus-where-is-your-common-sense/

BBB Blog Post: “Coronavirus: More Useful Information”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/coronavirus-more-useful-information/

BBB Blog Post: “The Doctor Anthony Fauci Debate: My View”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/the-doctor-anthony-fauci-debate-my-view/

BBB Blog Post: “Coronavirus: How to Respond to the Pandemic”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/coronavirus-how-to-respond-to-the-pandemic/

BBB Blog Post: “Coronavirus: Face Masks or Bandanas?”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/coronavirus-face-masks-or-bandanas/

BBB Blog Post: “Coronavirus and Beards and Mustaches”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/coronavirus-and-beards-and-mustaches/

BBB Blog Post: “Coronavirus: Do You Need A Psychiatric Evaluation?”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/coronavirus-do-you-need-a-psychiatric-evaluation/

BBB Blog Post: “COVID-19: Attention iOS Users! This May Be of Interest to You if You Use the “Maps” App!”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/covid-19-attention-ios-users-this-may-be-of-interest-to-you-if-you-use-the-maps-app/

BBB Blog Post: “Apple iOS 13.7 Introduces COVID-19 Exposure Notifications With No Need For 3rd Party App”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/apple-ios-13-7-introduces-covid-19-exposure-notifications-with-no-need-for-3rd-party-app/

Bill’s Bible Basics Poetry:

BBB Poem: “Coronavirus Kooks”:

https://www.billkochman.com/Blog/coronavirus-kooks-a-poem-by-bill-kochman/

About Bill Kochman

Bill Kochman is a Christian writer, poet, graphic artist, online evangelist and founder and webmaster of the Bill's Bible Basics website and blog. His interests include tropical fish, Macintosh computers, web design, writing poetry and God's natural creation.
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