Quarantine rules questioned

Plans by the governor to have a group of US citizens who were stranded in Samoa after flights out of the country were suspended,  transfer directly upon arrival to a Hawaiian Air flight tomorrow, did not eventuate,.

The group of stranded US citizens are already here.  They arrived here yesterday.

The chairman of the ASG Coronavirus Task Force Iulogologo Joseph Pereira said Governor Lolo Moliga had  no choice because the Samoa  Prime Minister and Cabinet ordered a total shut down of the country starting midnight last night.

“…so all U.S. citizens and returning residents had to be evacuated yesterday,”he told KHJ News.

The governor had indicated that there were about 150 in the group but the exact number who arrived yesterday was not known.

Samoa Airways operated 9 flights yesterday to bring the US group and local residents who were stuck in Samoa.

The US citizens group which includes 15  students are reported to be staying in hotels.

Local residents returning from Samoa are being quarantined at the DWYA Center in Pago Pago, the ASCC Gymnasium and Kananafou.

The wife of one of the travelers quarantined at ASCC asked why travelers from Samoa which doesn’t have any COVID-19 cases need to be quarantined  and travelers from Hawaii and other states with cases are being home quarantined.

She also asked why the US citizens group are in hotels and the travelers from Samoa are staying at the ASCC gym which is mosquito infested.

We referred her questions to Iulogologo for comment.

“As the situation worsens in the states and in the Pacific, coupled with our lack of ability to conduct tests or the lack of seriousness shown by our returning residents with regard to the deadliness of this disease, we are taking stronger measures from potential spread of the COVID-19 virus,” he said.

“Consequently, we are now requiring all travelers into the territory to be quarantined as the virus can be carried by an asymptomatic person.”

According to Iulogologo there will be a new requirement to be instituted soon to address travelers from Hawaii.

“We cannot take any chances as we have seen the disease is lethal and it can spread like wildfire. We are frantically working on building additional quarantine units; some to be completed before the end of the week.”

He also explained, “We had to scramble yesterday to find facilities to quarantine our returning residents from Samoa. These are tragic times and will require stringent measures.

“The governor’s primary objective is to save lives. We have discouraged travel during this period thus those who don’t heed the warning will have to comply with the requirements to save the lives of our people. ”

Among those quarantined at the ASCC gym is the Acting Director of Youth And Women Affairs Pau Roy Ausage, who was actively involved in negotiations for Samoa Airways to operate special flights to bring back the stranded passengers.

Photo: ASCC Gym/Courtesy


10 Comments

  1. Guest

    O mea ga maua le fia malaga ae le stay puttie ile fale. Now u have to deal with the mosquitoes, hope u don’t get dengue.

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    1. TOO LATE

      …and for a retreat too! Ia ga ua popō gamu ile ASCC Gym. Should have been smart about it and exercised better discretion…sheesh!

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  2. Igoigo

    O lē corona virus sa mamao ae o le a lakaka mai oga o ia gofoaga e quarantine ai kagaka! E fai le gamua ae koe magogi mai le sai puaa! The ASCC Multipurpose would be better than the gym! Would you want to treat your family like that? Or do you want the government to treat you like that? Leai se alofa! E le’o māmā ma saogalemū le gym la e quarantine ai kagak!

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    1. Michael Iosefo

      ogosa’i, o fea le mea e sili ia ke oe, o le magogi o le sai puaa poo le pesi o le faama’i ma alu ai le solo oki …sili lava le puipuia loo le togofitia, lava pea le onosa’i ma tatou tatalo faatasi ia malu puipuia pea tatou i aao o le Atua.

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  3. Faiaku ai foi.

    Pau le mea fa’afekai ga ua faakaga ga kou omai. Aga faapea foi e le IOE le Kovaga e aumai okou, ua kou feikai fo’i……..Fa’amolemole kausi kulafogo ua uma oga fa’akakia e le Kovaga ma Ofisa ka’ikasi aua le saogalemu o kagaka Kukuila…..E le’o se fai ese po’o se a, ole Saogalemu lava.

    Kupu fo’i le pisa ole kou feoa’i ae ua leva ga laku faasalalauga e aua le koe feoa’i ile vaikaimi gei.

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    1. Patience or patients

      Sa’o lelei. Onosa’i ia. E safa le kasi, ae saogalemu le toatele.
      Good Job PH & PS and everyone involved in keeping the multitude safe.
      God bless us all in this fight against coronavirus.

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  4. Guestty

    Now, 20% of the coronavirus in the U.S. r in the 20-40 age group, all on respirators as my fingers r flyin. They don’t know why they younger ppl r gettin sick. So please stay home and practice social distancing if u have to be out and about for essentials.

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  5. Au oi

    Yup, put them together so if one has it the whole group will get it? Sa’o ai le kala a leisi koeaiga Ko’elau, "…leai se komo’n sense".

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  6. FIRST RESPONDER

    OUKOU IA GA O MAI I SAMOA, AUA LE FAIKIO, AE FA’AFEKAI I LE KOVAGA I LOGA ALOFA IA KE OUKOU UA "FA’AKAGA AI OGA KOU OMAI"…AGA O A’U, E AUMAI LAVA GA O "US CITIZENS" AE KU’U OKOU E "QUARANTINE I SAMOA MO LE 14 ASO OGA KOU O MAI AI LEA." AUA LAIA LE FAIKIO AE FA’AFEKAI I LE ATUA O GA UA E O’O MAI I AMERICAN SAMOA. SMDH

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  7. Toa Ole Puao

    I hope the governors task force has requested test kits and start acquiring some medications for a worse scenario with this “CHINAVIRUS “Praying for the people on the Rock.

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