Am Samoa COVID related death toll has reached 20


American Samoa’s Covid-related death toll has reached 20.

The latest death was a 64 year old woman who passed away Thursday in the LBJ Hospital’s Covid-19 Ward. The woman had two doses but no booster.

Talanei reported the number of Covid cases has reached 5,564 as of April 13. 4,207 people who previously had Covid have recovered.

The daily total for April 13 was 47 from 646 tests conducted.

There were no new hospitalizations and there was only one person in the Covid-19 Ward and that 83.7% of American Samoa’s population is now fully vaccinated, which is still short of the 90% that health authorities aim to reach.

All individuals 12 years and older are encouraged to obtain a booster dose as soon as they are eligible (4 months from their second dose).

The Department of Health estimates that 59.5% of the eligible population has received their first booster.

“We are encouraging the 30.1% who are due for their booster dose to come in. According to the CDC, the risk of dying from COVID-19 was 14 times higher for people who were unvaccinated compared to those who received only a primary series.

Additionally, unvaccinated individuals are 97 times more likely to die compared to those who were boosted,” says DOH.