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COVID-19

Vaccine mandate protesters
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A peaceful protest organized by some parents, held yesterday early morning, called out to government leaders to reconsider their vaccination mandates and let the people decide what to put inside their own body. At approximately 7:50a.m, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga passed by...
Dr. Elizabeth Lauvao
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On day 90 since the beginning of community spread of COVID-19 in Feb. 2022 — the territory now has a cumulative total of 6,053 confirmed cases with one new COVID-related death recorded by the Department of Health, a man who was admitted last week Thursday. Coming as soon...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Office of Public Information has publicly apologized to members of the public for their lapse in carrying out their duties, when the press conference with the COVID-19 Task Force was not streamed live as it normally is. Yesterday, Samoa News received calls from the...
Dr. Thane Hancock
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During last week's COVID-19 Task Force virtual news conference, Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale acknowledged and expressed gratitude to U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemiologist, Dr. Thane Hancock for his assistance and support for American Samoa...
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Madison, WISCONSIN — “How risky is being indoors with our 10-year-old granddaughter without masks? We have plans to have birthday tea together. Are we safe?” That question, from a woman named Debby in California, is just one of hundreds I’ve received from concerned people who are worried about...
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi
Honolulu,HAWAII — Honolulu Mayor Rick Blackgirdi said Wednesday that he might consider implementing a mask mandate after the Covid-19 case count rose for the eighth week in a row. Hawaii recorded a weekly average of 925 cases per day on Wednesday, up from 722 the previous week. The state also...
Dr. Akapusi Ledua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale said the government is committed  to addressing the alarming obesity rate among young people, under 50-years old as reported in the LBJ Medical Center’s Preliminary COVID-19 Mortality Analysis. Talauega gave the comments at last week’s...
Allison Pfaendler
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During Monday’s COVID-19 Task Force virtual news conference, Allison Pfaendler, who is the lead of the U.S Federal Emergency Management Agency Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT), said that this past Thursday marked two months since the federal team arrived in the...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has recorded its youngest COVID-related death. This was revealed by the Acting Director General of Health, Tagaloa Robert Thomsen, confirmed the 36-year-old male died on May 1 from pneumonia made worse by COVID-19. Tagaloa also confirmed the national COVID-19 vaccination roll...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Health Department’s COVID-19 Situational Report for May 9, shows another COVID-19 related death recorded by LBJ Medical Center, with the fatalities relating to the deadly virus now totaling 30 individuals.  No other information was available about the new fatality,...

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