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COVID-19

Dear Editor, The letter to the editor by Dr. Toafa (“Bias News?” dated 7/10), aims to taint reporting about the COVID-19 payouts to legislators by suggesting bias in the media, but his arguments rely on really shaky grounds.  For one, if media bias were excuse enough to dismiss a controversy, then...
DoH employee in the testing lab
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Health Department has increased coronavirus testing for medical staff and first responders with two government agencies to be tested this week, while all previous testing has come back negative. This is according to DoH’s presentation at Sunday’s government COVID-19...
ASCC Multi-purpose Center
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) has proposed a budget plan of more than $5 million for its Summer Semester and the Fall Semester, utilizing both online and face-to-face courses, to remain compliant with the governor’s COVID-19 emergency declaration. While...
Man carrying a stalk of bananas
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At least two local farmers have joined the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce in lobbying the US Agriculture Department to include bananas on the list of specialty crops covered under the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which assists “commercial...
Map of Marine Nat’l Monuments of the Pacific.
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council concludes its three-day virtual meeting today (Friday, June 26, 2020). Discussion on the first day of the meeting ranged from marine national monuments, COVID-19 impacts, stock assessments, fisheries performance and more....
PPP graphic
Pago Pago — Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata reminded small businesses that the deadline to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is just days away on June 30th. “Any businesses that still want to access PPP must act right away,” said Aumua Amata. “If so, talk to a lender immediately...
A surfer at Haleiwa HA
HONOLULU (AP) — A quarantine imposed on travelers arriving to Hawaii discriminates against out-of-state residents, the U.S. Department of Justice said in support of a lawsuit challenging the mandate meant to protect the islands against the spread of the coronavirus. “This case raises issues of...
DoH staff at the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs facility in Pago Pago conducting daily testing
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Health Department on Monday issued a public notice explaining “repatriation” as some people from Samoa appear to want to travel to American Samoa for vacations and other purposes. “Repatriation means to return someone to his/ her own country, to return to their home...
DHSS logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Department of Human and Social Service (DHSS) is now accepting applications for food assistance for workers, self-employed individuals and small business owners who are experiencing an economic impact from COVID-19 Under the American Samoa COVID-19 Nutrition...
Sign at entrance to John Burns School of Medicine at UH
Honolulu, HAWAII — The University of Hawaii School of Medicine is looking for patients who have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 for a new clinical trial. It’s the first clinical trial in Hawaii that seeks to find an effective treatment for coronavirus. Patients who participate in the...

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