Governor Moliga Issues Declaration of Continued Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency

WHEREAS, the Office of the Governor and Department of Health remain prepared to take all necessary measures to protect the health and welfare of residents of American Samoa; and

WHEREAS, the measles outbreak has ended as of March 9, 2020 and the containment measures have proved effective; and

WHEREAS, while measles related restrictions will be lifted, the efforts must now focus on preventing, containing, and responding to the imminent threat posed by the Novel Coronavirus (“Covid-19” pandemic; and

WHEREAS, Covid-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new virus that had not been previously identified in humans which causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever and in more severe cases, pneumonia and is spread primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose; and