Guam’s 377th COVID-19-related death was reported by the Joint Information Center on Wednesday.
“The Joint Information Center has been advised that Guam’s 377th COVID-19 related death has been pronounced dead upon arrival at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam on July 13, 2022,” a JIC statement read.
The patient was a 14-year-old boy, with underlying health conditions who tested positive on July 13.
The teenager was fully vaccinated without a booster.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero offered his condolences to the family.
“Jeff, Josh and I are praying for the peace and comfort of his family and friends during this difficult time,” Leon Guerrero said. “With every loss of a loved one, we are reminded to remain vigilant against this virus.”
The teenager’s death prompted the governor to emphasize that vigilance means being proactive.
“Vigilance for this virus comes in the form of vaccination and boosters, staying home if you are sick, and recognizing the warning signs of COVID-19.”
She encouraged community members who feel ill to seek medical help and advice.
“If you are infected, talk to your health care provider about monoclonal antibodies and antiviral treatments available on the island to further reduce your risk of serious illness and death,” the governor said.
On July 20, 150 new cases of COVID-19 were reported from 1,086 samples collected on July 19.
Twenty-four of the cases were reported by the Department of Defense on Wednesday. To date, a total of 54,163 cases have been reported in Guam.
Vaccination clinics and testing sites are closed today and Friday for Liberation Day. Normal operations will resume on Saturday.