All COVID-19 questions directed to Governor’s Office

It was also announced at yesterday’s cabinet meeting that starting yesterday all COVID-19 related information will be released to the public through the Governor’s Office.

And this rule was reinforced in a March 22 memo from Governor Lolo Moliga to the cabinet.

Lolo said, “While we want to calm the fears and anxieties of our people by letting them know what is going on, any disinformation can upend this objective making it imperative that we don’t allow this to happen.”

So he’s putting in place protocols to prevent the release of inaccurate information to the public “as it only serves to undermine our credibility causing unnecessary suspicion over the accuracy of the information we choose”.

Accordingly, to reduce the potential of disinformation going out to the public, starting yesterday questions from the public concerning the COVID-19 declaration are to be directed to the Governor’s Office.

Health related questions are to be relayed to the Director of Health. Travel advisory questions are to be related to the Attorney General.

All other COVID-19 related questions will be directed to the Governor’s Office.

In the same memo, Lolo said if any of the cabinet has issues with the decisions made on the policies that have been put in place “please discuss your opinions and comments with me instead of projecting them to others in the community or even the media.”

He reminded, “One of the keystone values of our administration is transparency. You are part of this administration and it is your sworn duty to adhere to the articulated policies and guiding principles.”


14 Comments

  1. Corruption at best

    TRANSPERARANCY! WHAT A BIG FAT JOKE! Lolo has been the epitome of FAILED CORRUPT POLICIES! He threatens his Directors if they dare disagree with him, belittles and backstabs the Lt. Lemanu and now he pretends to care about the public and their opinions. WHATEVER, Am. Samoa unfortunately you are on your own battling the coronavirus please protect your families. LOLO just allowed 150 stranded passengers from the pacific to transit thru AS to get to Hawaii for more federal dollars to keep them here until Thursday Hawaiian Airlines flight. SELLOUT!

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  2. Oh by the way!

    Ok I’m not a member or fan of this administration, so here goes. First, lets hope things are not being inflated for financial gains. Second, the TAOA structure being built, if space is needed why not plan on using this structure for an quarantine facility (for now). Lastly, exercise and sunlight helps boost immune systems and is a good thing , being a golfer why is this recreational facility and Parks closed when you have restaurants and stores open? Yes you can mitigate safety. Golf Courses dictate how many golfers per group (right now 6 can be reduced to 4, less than 10). Golf courses throughout the U.S. are already practicing safety: social distancing (Yes it can be done) – one golfer to a golf cart, 2 club lengths between players (walkers), new rule of golf leave the flag in so you don’t touch the pole and contaminate it (putt with flag in yes a new rule). Some courses also raise the cup or place a 2 inch PVC in the hole and if the ball hits it, it bounces back and does not go into the hole. This is so golfers do not contaminate the hole by retrieving a holed putt. No different than a walk in the Park! Watched the televised Covid 19 TF meeting, not impressed! By the way, I hope I am wrong, have Public Health had Tongan, Filipino, Chinese and etc. Speakers addressing safe practices? Yes, facts not fear is key plus some commonsense!

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    1. Guest reader

      If ur gonna play golf, with who? Don’t u usually go out in groups of 2, 4, 6…social distancing lī man. Hope the Fono who r avid golfers didn’t just adjourn to go hit some balls!! Seriously!

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      1. Oh by the way

        Can’t speak for others, most golfers focus on exercise and challenging the course. It can be a stress reducer and has health benefits. If the rule is ten (10) as a means to fatten the curve and help decrease the spread – this can be mitigated as already stated. Some play by themselves however, the more the better but it can be done observing CDC precautions and still provide $$ to ASG and businesses which benefit from the staying open. On a 2nd note, is ASG working on extending the tax deadline which the Fed Gov has?

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  3. O le a e sosopo

    Our sworn duty? What, to follow you and what you instruct us to do? Hey, you can micro manage your posse of free loaders but not the rest of us. Our time and freedom is not yours to dictate.

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  4. inoinopipilo

    Yes, direct your inquiries to the governor’s office. You either wait until they release your tax with an answer or you will get as many answers as hours per day. This is because they need to okay it with the governor who is quarantined at his home. What a lousy approach to deal with in time of emergency. Ua sao ai le kala a kamaiki, AUA LE FAI MAI IGA SI A KAKOU MEA. A ua faalogo aku loa ua mai, alu loa e malolo ae kuu le galuega e fai e se isi kagaka.

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    1. Official protocol, LofS…use it!

      Where is the LT, the G should have his second man address these issues he cannot due to his absence from office…lessen the micromanaging and RED TAPE!!!!

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  5. A First Responder

    Oh please….your office is in the front line of spreading wrong information and causing more panic to the public. And stop pretending that you care about the people of American Samoa when our borders are still open for the virus to enter.

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  6. oi is the gov an epidemiologist?

    Why? Are the Gov and his staff experts and have epidemiology backgrounds? There’s a reason why there are laws in place that appoints ONLY Dr. Aifili John Tufa to make decisions. He’s the ONLY expert in this field. Sadly every time he puts out advisories regarding covid19 he’s overridden by the Gov.

    Money before lives? Please just stay in your castle, continue your self-quarantining and leave the decision making to the expert in his field. The rest of your flock can follow your lead elsewhere..

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  7. Sally Sanitizer

    Why would I want to direct my health questions to a non health care Director?? Its ok there ‘s an excellent nurse at LBJ who has been very helpful throughout all of this and i will continue to utilize her knowledge.

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  8. SUGGESTION BOX

    TIPS TO COPE…THERE IS A REASON PPL OFTEN SAY…TO, STAY IN UR LANE… BCUZ AN INDIVIDUAL CAN ONLY GO AS FAR AS WHAT THEY KNOW…CATCH MY DRIFT? SO STOP WHILE U’RE AHEAD, SECURE THE LOGISTICS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION AND NECESSARY PROTOCOLS FROM THE LOCAL FIELD OF EXPERTS…DOH EPIDEMIOLOGIST, LBJ DOCTORS, LAB TECHS AND MEDICAL SUPPORT TEAMS. ALL OTHER ASG/AUTHORITY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS GUIDELINES SHOULD FOLLOW ACCORDINGLY, THE BATTLEGROUND WILL BE OUR LONE HOSPITAL (LBJ) AND HEALTH CENTER (TFC)…………TASK FORCE CV R 2nd TO THEM……B-4 U DISSEMINATE UR EXECUTIVE DIRECTIVES AND GUIDELINES,

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  9. WX

    I called the governor’s office and asked why they changed the 14 day self-quarantine in hawaii and the 3 day medical clearance and all they would tell me was some BS political answer about "we’re doing everything we can do to protect the people, we’re doing everything we can do to protect the people…" without any specifics.

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  10. Answer Me This...

    Cabinet members running a public health emergency response? Governor, can you tell me the virology of the disease? Can you tell me the infectious period? Can you tell me the probability of dying for someone 60 years and older? No, because you have no public health or medical background. No, because you cannot analyze infectious disease data. But most of all, no, because you have absolutely no idea what you are doing. This COVID task force is a joke and an insult to medical staff, first responders and essential personnel that are working tirelessly to ensure the safety and good health of our people. You may be the Governor, but leave this up to the professionals.

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  11. SUGGESTION BOX

    Just make sure that our healthcare providers receive the essential equipment, PPE’s and test kits critical to do their jobs that every hospital across America are desperately trying to get, and whatever assistance our People can get from the trillion $stimulus package. We don’t have an unemployment agency to respond to lost jobs or layoffs.

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