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Guam's COVID-19 counts eclipsing the state of Hawaii

By Eric Rosario

Hawaii, with a population nearly 10 times that of Guam's, today has fewer active COVID-19 cases, a much-lower hospitalization rate, and fewer patients on ventilators in the ICU than Guam's count.

According to the Hawaii Star Advertiser, 1,280 Hawaii residents are infected and currently considered active cases in isolation throughout the state. According to the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services's website counter, Guam has 1,586 active cases in isolation.

Hawaii's population is north of 1.4 million, and includes residents from its several islands, including Oahu, where Honolulu is located, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii (also known as 'The Big Island'). Guam's population is estimated to be around 170,000, by comparison.

The state is home to several public, private, and military hospital facilities. Guam's only COVID-19-designated hospital is Guam Memorial Hospital, though new infections and deaths related to the disease have been recorded at Guam Regional Medical City and Naval Hospital.

The latest total count of patients admitted to Guam hospitals is 73. There are 75 hospitalizations throughout the Hawaiian islands. Their number of those patients in the ICU and on ventilators is lower than Guam's current count.

As of the latest Guam Joint Information Center news release, Guam last night saw 120 new infections in a single day (this does not include the spike of more than 300 cases from Black Construction). Oahu - the most populous of the Hawaiian islands - recorded only 106 new cases in their latest report. Statewide, Hawaii recorded 128 new infections.

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