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Members of the American Samoa governor's coronavirus task force and working group
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As the coronavirus was rapidly spreading across the continental United States last week, a person living thousands of miles away in American Samoa developed what appeared to be symptoms of the virus. Health officials In the U.S. territory located deep in the South...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appealed to the leader of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for assistance in providing needed equipment to conduct locally the coronavirus test, which is currently sent to Hawai’i or to CDC headquarters in Atlanta....
Extension under construction at VA Center in Tafuna
  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — To combat the coronavirus pandemic locally, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has suggested for police to check vehicles carrying more than two passengers; for the Health Department to put up road signs encouraging people to “stay-home”, and to encourage non-local residents...
Tiara Drabble (left) received two gifts from a Cost-U-Less employee for the Le Taupou Manaia Dance Academy “Toys & Joy Drive for Samoa” this past Dec. 2019
  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —In response to the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Cost-U-Less announced Monday that they will provide a temporary $2 per hour wage increase for hourly employees, according to a company national news release. This increased compensation will be given to hourly...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Assistant Public Defender Rob McNeill admitted to the court that it was his office’s fault that caused defendant Peniata Ala to miss one of his hearings before the Court. As a result, Ala was arrested last month pursuant to a court order and remanded into custody without...
Vice Ranking Member Amata at a Capitol press conference
Washington, D.C. —  Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced on Tuesday she is a cosponsor of the bipartisan Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, newly introduced this week to immediately help student Veterans during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. “This bill is a collection of several...
Flowers with photographs in place at the site where three Manu'a Store employees died
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has closed its case against Manu’a’s Inc., dba Manu’a’s Discount Store, after the locally based company paid the penalty of over $35,000, according to spokesperson with the US Department of Labor (USDOL), whose...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has requested the federal government’s assistance in coordinating the evacuation of US citizens stranded in Samoa to travel via Pago Pago and connect directly with a Hawaiian Airlines flight to Honolulu, without having to be quarantined in the...
StarKist tuna pouches
Guayaquil, ECUADOR — Major US tuna canner StarKist & Co has temporarily shut its major factory in Guayaquil, Ecuador, as the country steps up measures to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, sources told Undercurrent News.  And while StarKist's other main facility, in Pago Pago, American...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During a tape-recorded address aired on KVZK-TV on Sunday night, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga requested that ASG workers 60 years old and over work from home and pleaded with residents to prevent unnecessary trips outside of their homes to prevent any spread of the “...

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