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White Sands Hotel
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 5 people who reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 at the American Samoa Government Quarantine facility in Honolulu and were moved to the Hawaii Quarantine Center may be put back into the ASG Quarantine if their ‘retest’ proves the original tests were false...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Five people out of the 166 passengers screened for the 10-day quarantine in Honolulu, Hawai’i before catching the first scheduled repatriation flight to American Samoa tested positive for the coronavirus yesterday. These five people are now under special care quarantine...
Mauga Tasi Asuega
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga T. Asuega has called for unity from the community standing together with the Administration’s move to start repatriation flights bringing home local residents stranded across the US while LBJ Medical Center says it’s prepared for the...
Honolulu, HAWAII — Honolulu media are reporting The City and County of Honolulu is joining the state’s efforts to help bring an estimated 800 American Samoa residents back home. The process will involve the use of a section of the Waikiki Shell Parking lot on Monsarrat Avenue. The Shell’s parking...
Lorimay Fuimaono-Ki with her twins
Provo, UTAH — Lorimay Fuimaono-Ki will not always have complicated feelings about Jan. 7. But in 2021, it was a day of intense gratitude and searing pain. The young mother cannot stop the tears as she tries to explain what life has been like since American Samoa closed its borders to keep COVID-19...
Health Department deputy director, Fara Utu, DoH Clinical director Dr. Saipale Fuimaono, acting Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua, Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga T. Asuega, LBJ hospital chief executive officer Faumuina John Faumuina, and DoH Senior Epidemiologist, Dr. Aifili John Tufa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 10-day quarantine in Hawaii is set to begin next week Monday, for the 160 American Samoa residents selected for the first repatriation flight from the U.S. set for Jan. 29th, and ASG is covering the costs of the operation, including the charter flight on Hawaiian...
 Dr. Aifili John Tufa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa residents accepted for the American Samoa repatriation program for flights from the US will not be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine at this time, while the Health Department has identified the Tradewinds Hotel to quarantine these travelers. This is...
Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Shem Leo
Apia, SAMOA — There are now more than 2000 Samoans wanting to return home and more are expected to register in the coming weeks. The Samoa Observer reports the numbers were confirmed by the Chairman of the National Emergency Operations Centre, Agafili Shem Leo, at a press conference on Thursday. "...
Dr. Saipale Fuimaono, Dr. Ronald Yip, Dr. Aifili John Tufa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While there is no firm date to commence repatriation flights for American Samoa residents stranded across the U.S, Health Department Senior Epidemiologist, Dr. Aifili John Tufa said DoH is preparing for the start of repatriation at the end of the month. And so far some...
Deidra Harrington-Latu
Salt Lake City, UTAH — The Fox News affiliate in Salt Lake City is reporting that the dozens of families from American Samoa who have been stranded in Utah since the COVID-19 pandemic began are a step closer to returning home.  “I just want to go home,” said Deidra Harrington-Latu. She traveled to...

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