Officials discourage travel to Guam amid COVID-19 surge


Guams main tourism district of Tumon Bay, typically busy with locals and visitors is empty on April 10, 2020. (Photo by Tony AZIOS / AFP) (Photo by TONY AZIOS/AFP via Getty Images)

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has elevated Guam’s COVID-19 risk level to its highest tier and is urging people to avoid traveling there.

The island’s Joint Information Center says that 88 people are in isolation with COVID-19 infections, with nine new patients identified Tuesday.

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There have been more than 8,000 infections and 139 deaths on Guam since the pandemic began.

The agency’s criteria for the highest risk level is an incidence rate of COVID-19 cases greater than 100 over the past 28 days.

Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s office says that the news is a reminder that COVID-19 public safety precautions should be maintained.

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