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COVID-19

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — It’s now going on to 7 weeks since the first community case of COVID-19 was reported on Feb. 21 and some families are still trying to readjust their lifestyle and figure out how to overcome financial hardship due to the closure of work places, schools and day care...
Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “There are not enough government employees to go out and manage and regulate every single business, every single funeral [service] on this island,” said Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale, during Monday’s news conference. “So we will set the requirements, set the rules and...
Dr. Akapusi Ledua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — LBJ Medical Center recorded a new COVID-19 related death on Wednesday and the deceased is  a 74-year old male, according to officials who attended yesterday’s COVID-19 Task Force daily briefing from the Emergency Operations Center. The new fatality was announced by LBJ...
Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With remote-virtual learning for public schools on Tutuila ongoing since the government’s partial lockdown after the first community case of COVID-19 was recorded on Feb. 21, a large number of students are not participating in these online classes, according to Lt. Gov....
Samoa News, in today’s issue, has reprinted a story from The Conversation entitled, “The pandemic has changed death rituals”. Reading the story, I could not but think of the report we published in our Monday issue, about a Pago family who is having to deal with their mother’s death as COVID-related...
LBJ hospital triage tents
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — LBJ Medical Center acting chief of staff, Dr. Akapusi Ledua has given assurance that the hospital has already made preparations if and when there is a surge in admissions to the medical center in the midst of the COVID-19 community spread. Dr. Ledua made the statement...
Dr. Akapusi Ledua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — LBJ Medical Center has recorded two more COVID-19 related deaths, according to officials who participated in yesterday morning’s COVID-19 Task Force Emergency Operation Center daily briefing. LBJ acting chief of staff Dr. Akapusi Ledua provided the latest fatalities as...
Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa recorded a new COVID-19 related death, bringing the overall total fatalities to 8 since the community spread of the deadly coronavirus was first reported Feb. 21,st with the first fatality recorded on Mar. 22. The new fatality was announced during...
Moefa’auo William Emmsley
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating LBJ Tropical Medial Center’s staffing shortage — particularly of US licensed nurses, physicians, clinical technologists and other health care providers — the LBJ board is working closely with the Task Force, the Emergency...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As the surge of the community spread of the COVID-19 continues, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, has extended the hazardous duty pay for certain government workers until June this year — and this date may be extended or modified. The hazardous duty pay policy for workers...

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