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repatriation flights

Scene outside her hotel room window
Honolulu, HAWAII — Samoa News understands that returning residents in the Hawaii quarantine, awaiting the repatriation flight back to American Samoa are basically confined to their rooms. Meals are brought to them in their rooms, by ‘someone’ wearing full hazmat coverings. Part of the precautions...
Hawaiian Airlines logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Hawaiian Airlines says that it was pleased with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) determination that fully vaccinated people can safely travel domestically without testing or needing to quarantine. “We are hopeful the state of Hawai‘i will update...
Fiti Aina and family
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After over a year of shutting down flights due to the pandemic, American Samoa has completed its 2nd round of repatriation and the 3rd repat group is now beginning quarantine in Honolulu. PBS NewsHour Weekend’s Laura Fong spoke to one of the hundreds of formerly stranded...
Members of the task force
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The COVID-19 Task Force continues to discuss ways to improve processes for repatriation flights as well as implement new policies aimed at protecting American Samoa’s borders against the deadly COVID pandemic. In a press release issued on Tuesday, the Task Force detailed...
Members of the COVID-19 Task force
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — RNZ Pacific is reporting that some of the upcoming repatriation flights to American Samoa are intended to bring construction workers into the territory. The COVID-19 Taskforce mentioned a request for a charter flight from Samoa by Fletcher Construction. According to the...
Covid-19 vaccine bottles
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Just over half of American Samoa's population have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The government said about 37 percent of people completed their dual shots as of 22 March. American Samoans aged over 51 years and who were at a high risk of serious and/...
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...
Task Force Chairman Lt. Governor Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After its latest COVID Task Force meeting on Monday, March 22, 2021, the COVID Task Force issued a press release after making several policy changes aimed at prioritizing resources for the ‘legitimately’ stranded residents while other categories of travelers will be...
The Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Lessons learned from the second repatriation flight and preparations for the third repatriation in April were the main topics of discussion during the meeting of the COVID-19 Task Force on Monday, Mar. 15, 2021, at the Department of Homeland Security (EOC) in Tafuna,...
wreath with yellow flowers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Some of the saddest moments happening due to the COVID-19 border restrictions are that many of our local families are finally able to return with their loved ones who have passed away while awaiting the journey home Some bereaved families have chosen cremation for their...

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