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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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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Health Department physicians will assess the ability of travelers who submit an application for repatriation from the US “to endure up to 24-days” of quarantine including pre-boarding quarantine at a designated hotel in Hawai’i.   This is according to DoH’s response...
Brigitte Moala and her 85-year-old father, Noaese Taeatafa with other family members
Honolulu, HAWAII — The American Samoa Department of Health announced it is currently accepting applications from qualifying residents who wish to be repatriated. American Samoa had sealed off its borders since March, leaving hundreds of its residents stranded in Hawaii and elsewhere in the United...
ASG online registry home page
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The ASG Health Department’s “Online for Repatriation to American Samoa” site has been quietly launched, without any fanfare or public notice that the online-portal for some estimated 600 local residents wanting to return home to register is open. Samoa News only learned...
United States Army four-star General Gustav Perna
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer Inc., the start of repatriation flights — to bring home an estimated 600 American Samoa residents stranded in the US — is being pushed back to February — giving ASG time to reconfigure local entry...

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