Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero will be extending the executive order for an additional 14 days from March 31, as well as closing parks and beaches for public gatherings.
Present with Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero at a press conference on March 23 were Dr. Felix T. Cabrera, chief medical officer and senior vice president of the Guam Regional Medical City and Linda U. DeNorcey, director of the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services.
Cabrera said the island’s bed capacity is 350 in total among Guam Memorial Hospital, the Skilled Nursing Unit and Guam Regional Medical City; only 250 can be staffed by nurses. The total number of intensive care unit beds is 28; 13 are staffed. The total bed capacity has already been reached, according to Cabrera.
“When the critical care system breakpoint is reached, the death rate will skyrocket,” Cabrera said. “Guam’s critical care system breakpoint could occur by next week, if not sooner.”
On March 22, the governor announced the first death due to COVID-19, which was a 68-year-old woman with pre-existing conditions. The total number of confirmed cases is 27.
An executive order issued by Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres of the Northern Mariana Islands on March 20 related to all NMI visitors being quarantined in Saipan, and on March 23 that businesses open to the public may only do so from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., with food and beverage outlets only to offer takeout, though catering may continue. Likewise parks are closed and beaches for groups. Gas stations may stay open but only to dispense gasoline; laundry service providers will adhere to the reduced hours also.