American Samoa records another Covid-related death, taking toll to 32


American Samoa recorded one new COVID-related death this week, taking the tally of fatalities to 32.

93KHJ reported that Dr. Abraham Le’iato during the weekly meeting of the COVID-19 Task Force said that the latest fatality was an 89-year-old man.

He was admitted on June 27th and his family took him out of the hospital the day after. When he was brought back to LBJ on June 29th  he was pronounced dead on arrival. The man had pneumonia and other conditions. He was not vaccinated for COVID.

Dr. Le’iato also sounded an alarm bell about the surge in positive cases. 

According to the American Samoa Department of Health, the number of new COVID cases in the last 7 days is 317. This takes the cumulative count of COVID cases to 6,811. 394 cases are active while the rest have recovered.

Medical personnel on the Task Force said that with the easing of restrictions and many public gatherings, they are concerned about the surge in positive cases. They emphasized the need to boost public awareness about masking and social distancing.

Task Force Chairman Lt. Governor Talauega Eleasalo Ale said that they will depend on advice from the medical group to determine if and when the government should reimpose restrictions.