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Two men died of COVID-19 Saturday, according to the Joint Information Center, including a man who died the same day he was admitted to the hospital. They are the island’s 70th and 71st pandemic deaths.

A man hospitalized Oct. 10 after contracting COVID-19 died Saturday morning, marking the 70th virus-related death on Guam.

According to the Joint Information Center, the patient at Guam Memorial Hospital was 55 years old and had underlying health conditions that were complicated by COVID-19. He was a known positive case and had been admitted to GMH Oct. 10. He died at about 4:50 a.m.

Saturday’s second death was a 67-year-old man with underlying health conditions, according to the JIC. He was admitted Saturday to Guam Regional Medical City and died the same day, at about 2:07 p.m.

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero gave condolences to the families of both men.

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“Scripture tells us that those who mourn will be comforted. As we join in sorrow with the families and friends who have lost so much to this virus, we must also do all that we can so no more of our fellow brothers and sisters suffer the same fate.”

The governor said: “You have heard it time and time again — wear your masks, social distance, and stay home.”

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On Oct. 15, Dr. Felix Cabrera, who is part of the governor’s physicians advisory group, said patients who die from COVID-19 complications, on average, are hospitalized for about seven days.

Typically, those who need hospital care will be admitted eight days after they are first exposed, Cabrera said.

“Thankfully, most people do recover after being admitted to the hospital, but some don’t,” Cabrera said at the Oct. 15 press conference. “And they require to be put on a breathing machine, or a ventilator, and that can typically happen on Day 14 from the first day they were exposed.”

On average, people who die from COVID-19 complications die 17 days after exposure, Cabrera said.

One of two trajectory models Cabrera presented Oct. 15 projected that, by this time, there would be over 70 people hospitalized, if nothing changed. As of Saturday afternoon, there were 78 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, according to the Department of Public Health and Social Services.

This month has seen 22 COVID-19-related deaths thus far, or 30% of the total deaths to the virus.

  1. Oct. 2: A 72-year-old woman with underlying health conditions died at GMH, where she was admitted Sept. 16.
  2. Oct. 3: A 90-year-old female with underlying health conditions died at GMH. She was pronounced dead on arrival and was a known positive case
  3. Oct. 4: A 66-year-old female with