Story at a glance

  • The governor tested positive on Aug. 8.
  • Leon Guerrero said she is in good health, but is experiencing moderate symptoms and is self-quarantined.
  • The small North Pacific island of about 168,000 residents has confirmed 418 cases as of Monday.

Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero (D) has tested positive for the coronavirus, the official said Monday. 

The U.S. territory official said in a statement she tested negative for the virus shortly after she was exposed to someone who was infected on Aug. 5. Three days later she developed symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19. 

“On August 5, I was informed that I had come into contact with a close relative who had tested positive for COVID-19. Both my husband and I were tested, and we received a negative test result. Even so, we were advised to practice precautionary measures for the next 14 days. In line with existing protocol, I wore a face mask, limited travel to essential functions only, and practiced social distancing,” Leon Guerrero said in a statement reported by Pacific Daily News.. 

“On August 8th, I began to exhibit some symptoms. I was tested again this afternoon and received a positive result this evening,” she said. 

Leon Guerrero said she is in good health, but is experiencing moderate symptoms and is self-quarantined. 

The small North Pacific island of more than 165,000 residents has confirmed 418 cases as of Monday. 

This comes after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) tested positive for COVID-19 just before a scheduled meeting with President Trump in Cleveland on Friday. 

He later tested negative for the virus twice. 

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) was the first governor to contract the coronavirus in mid-July. Stitt had attended Trump’s June rally in Tulsa but said he’s confident he didn’t contract the virus there. 

Published on Aug 10, 2020