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COVID-19

Dear Governor Lolo, Samoa muamua le Atua. We have that on our American Samoa Government seal and we have always prized ourselves as God fearing people and people of faith. We have always prized ourselves also as loving people. But the past few months since the outbreak of COVID-19 things have been...
Chart of new COVID cases
Honolulu, HAWAII — As the pandemic drags on, following COVID-19 prevention guidelines can feel like more and more of a challenge. This kind of fatigue is not unique to pandemic precautions like sticking with social distancing, masking up and keeping your hands washed. With all kinds of health-...
Willie Talamoa, rear center with shaved head, next to Kinohi Aki, rear left
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu football coach Willie Talamoa bought his players cleats, drove them to practice and often stayed late to talk with those having trouble in school. For Talamoa, his actions weren’t just about football. They were about helping the young people in the hardscrabble neighborhood...
Na asia e le EFKAS i D.C. Maryland & Virginia, le sili atu ma le 10 alo ma fanau a Samoa ua faaiuina a latou AIT (Advanced Individual Training),  I le Aso To’onai, Setema 19, 2020, i le U.S. Army Base iFort Lee, Virginia. O nei alo ma fanau, ua lē mafai ona toe fo’i i AmerikaSamoa, ona o tulaga...
Local residents rally for stranded citizens
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Tagata Tutu Faatasi Alliance of American Samoa sent a letter to Congresswoman Aumua Amata last week explaining their plight — that they are residents of American Samoa stranded off-island in “dire financial need” as they wait for a repatriation flight. TTFAAS told...
Dr. Iotamo Saleapaga testifying before the House Health Committee
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After hearing from Dr. Iotamo Saleapaga — the Chief Medical Officer at LBJ Hospital and also a Coronavirus Task Force member — that there are no plans at this stage for repatriation flights, the House of Representatives plans to send a resolution to the governor...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Five fishermen appeared in District Court this week accused of violating the Public Health Emergency Plan by leaving their boats while they were under quarantine. The five fisherman are Indonesia Nationals and each was charged with one count of violating the Public...
ASG first responders and other personnel
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has informed cabinet members that it’s the administration’s “collective pledge” that no action will be taken on a repatriation flight for stranded local residents “until we are absolutely sure” that the actions taken will “prevent the entry of...
Honolulu, Hawaii — Lt. Gov. Josh Green has tested positive for COVID-19, he has confirmed to Hawaii News Now. It was not immediately clear whether the news would impact the governor — or if Green had had close contact with any other public officials who may need to be tested. According to the...
Harbor Master Silila Patane (left), Health official John Fuimaono (right) unnamed man in background
A REMINDER THAT COVID-19 IS PART OF LOCAL PORT SAFETY PROTOCOLS: This recent Samoa News photo shows Harbor Master Silila Patane (left), Health official John Fuimaono (right) and another person in the background, on board an ASG tugboat waiting for a vessel to be brought into port. They are all...

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