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COVID-19 pandemic

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Medicaid State Agency office in a notice dated yesterday, from Honolulu on its Facebook page, announced that the fifth repatriation flight has been postponed from May 28 until June 01. The announcement states that the postponement was in “light of...
Chart of national gas prices through the years
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Fuel Impact Assessment report conducted by the Morris Scanlan Service Inc., for the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce shows a loss in revenues for a majority of gas stations due to natural disasters and local COVID-19 restrictions placed on businesses — including gas...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa has until May 3, 2023 to comply with the federal REAL ID Act, after US Secretary of Homeland Security (USDHS), Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced on Tuesday the extension deadline for all states and territories as well as Washington D.C. Extending the REAL ID...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Governor Lemanu P.S. Mauga announced this past week that American Samoa, through the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS), received grant awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in the amount of $49,606,689 through the Child Care and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Since the COVID-19 emergency declaration in March last year, the basic food costs increased from April to July of 2020, followed by a 1% drop in August and “then continued to increase throughout the rest of 2020 to current, suggesting that food cost is on the rise,”...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — It’s official — the 2021 Flag Day, marking 121 years since American Samoa became a US territory, will be a one day ceremony set at the Malaeoletalu in Fagatogo on Apr. 16th, a Friday, because Apr. 17th — the official Flag Day — is on a Saturday. Gov. Lemanu Peleti...
Agriculture director Solialealofiotagaloa I.T. Mutini
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Agriculture Department is hosting next week the 2021 Annual Flag Day Food and Farm Fair and is seeking support from the business community. Agriculture director Solialealofiotagaloa I.T. Mutini, sent out a solicitation letter to the private sector saying that DoH...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Pelepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Through a new memorandum, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Pelepoi Sialega Mauga, set a hazardous pay policy for workers involved in the COVID-19 pandemic work. The new policy is effective Apr. 5, 2021 until Dec. 31, 2021, unless it is extended, the governor said in his “Hazardous...
Leituala Dr Ben Matalavea
Apia, SAMOA — A senior doctor has revealed that Samoa’s first and so far only official case of Covid-19 who arrived into Samoa with his mother as repatriated citizens in February 2021, had actually travelled from Samoa to the US just two months prior, in December 2020. The Clinical Director of the...
Feo Lagafuaina (left) and Veronica Vaouli-Gasio (right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — To keep the momentum going and to ensure that all local residents stranded in the US are able to return home, Tagata Tutu Faatasi Alliance of American Samoa’s local members, along with family members, friends, supporters and repatriated passengers — returned last Friday...

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