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Gov Lolo: Emergency declaration extended for another 30 days

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The extended order incorporates all previous declarations

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has issued another 30-day extension to his original State of Emergency Declaration saying that the “measles remains a threat to public health as well as the global outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.”

In the extended declaration order, effective yesterday through Mar. 26th, the governor points out that the coronavirus presents “unique challenges because of the lack of a cure or vaccine and necessitates a flexible response to ensure that the health of the people of American Samoa is protected.”

The extended order incorporates all previous declarations.

The governor declared that all policies from the Jan. 29, 2020 extended declaration regarding OK Board, entry permit waivers, and transit permits remain in full force. The public is again advised that all entry permits may be denied even if all documentation is provided, due to the current heightened risk.

However, exceptions may be made for necessary professionals on a case-by-case basis to assist in efforts to combat the spread of disease.

The Health Department is tasked with updating travel advisories with entry, screening, and quarantine policies for travelers on an as-needed basis.

“The public is advised that these policies are to be strictly adhered to in every circumstance to ensure the public’s health and safety,” said Lolo, adding that quarantine and isolation polices are to be put in place by DoH in consultation with LBJ Medical Center.

“In order to respect the rights of individuals but also maintain protection against the coronavirus, DoH is authorized to quarantine and isolate individuals for 14 days without notice,” he said.

Furthermore, all other emergency policies currently in effect will remain so until further notice or expiration of this extended emergency declaration.