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Coronavirus

One of the quarantine halls at Poutasi village
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government is trying to secure the services of a forensic pathologist to ascertain the cause of death of a 27 year old repatriated seasonal worker. The man died almost a month after being released from quarantine. The Director General of Health, Leausa Take Naseri, told TV1...
Wiomen sitting on the ground playing BINGO
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga told a cabinet meeting on Monday this week that this is not the time for bingo fundraising, which is taking money away from members of the community and further, bingos are not allowed at this time...
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with two men in the background
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has delayed New Zealand’s elections by four weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak in Auckland. The election had been scheduled for Sept. 19 but will now be held on Oct. 17. Opposition parties had sought a delay after the virus outbreak...
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Apia, SAMOA — The official cause of death to a male reported Saturday 15th August 2020 at the Leulumoega District Hospital is subject to an official Coroner’s Report contrary to claims posted on Social Media that the COVID19 virus is the confirmed cause of death, clarified the Ministry of Health (...
Headrick Hunkin during a zoom town hall video grab
Honolulu, Hawaii — Leaders of a Pacific Islander advocacy group desperate for help fighting the virus joined Lieutenant Governor Josh Green for a Zoom town hall meeting Thursday. The group, made up of Micronesians, Samoans, and Tongans have been hardest hit and say they’ve been ignored. The...
Dale Long on his boat
Concord, CA — Born in Oakland CA on May 6, 1935, Ralph Dale Long grew up in the East Bay area and lived there and in San Francisco with his two children — Ken and Jennifer — until the late ‘60s. It was then he took the family to Oregon and gave up playing bass in smoke-filled rooms and devoted full...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — ASG’s new repatriation plan for American Samoa residents stranded in Samoa due to border closure over the COVID-19 threat, will be carried out in phases — based on available quarantine facilities — starting tomorrow, Wednesday, with priority to travelers without medical...
Patient at entrane to Queens hospital with nurse taking temp.
Honolulu, HAWAII — While discussions take place at ASG and by the Samoan public in social media and the online pages of the Samoa News about the probable border opening in July, how will the Territory handle the nitty gritty of minimizing those potentially carrying COVID-19? Cool Stuff will...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — ASG Human Resources released last week an advisory to assist government departments and agencies responding to any concerns and inquiries related to the COVID-19 declarations. The advisory, issued through the governor’s June 1st memo addressed to cabinet members,...
Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Port Administration has in place a new policy where all vessels entering the Port of Pago Pago must wait just outside of the harbor at the red buoy to be cleared first by a Health Department physician before being allowed to enter the harbor. This is according to Port...

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