A Healthcare Worker who Swab Tested Passengers at Airport, Tests Positive on Day 6

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File photos: Healthcare workers have been on the front line of Covid-19 for the past 2 years since Samoa went into State of Emergency in March 2020. 📷 Gvt Press Secretariat.

12 March 2022, Apia Samoa. The Ministry of Health has confirmed that a frontline health worker who was part of the frontliners who ran swabs for passengers upon arrival at Faleolo Airport last Sunday, has tested positive for Covid-19.

The health worker who had previously tested negative on the third day of testing, returned a positive test after Friday’s round of tests, conducted on the sixth day since quarantine.

According to the MOH press release, the health worker has been in quarantine since Sunday,  along with over 200 other health care workers.l who worked the flight.

“The worker has been transferred to the isolation ward at Motootua and is well and asymptomatic,” states the release.

The newest case takes Samoa’s total number of covid cases currently in quarantine to 13.

“All remain asymptomatic”.

172 Passengers who arrived into on Sunday 6th March, and 217 frontline workers who cleared the flight from Auckland were all tested on Friday, with just the one positive confirmed the press release.

Upon arrival, eight passengers tested positive. A further four tested positive after the Day 3 round of tests, with the frontliner testing positive on Day 6.

The NEOC had originally announced a protocol that all healthcare workers would remain in quarantine for 72 hours after working a flight.

Samoa’s vaccination levels for eligible adults is at 90% double vaxxed, with booster shots now available.

The pediatric vaccination for chidren aged 5-11 was launched this week and will continue next week. It is expected to cover all pre-schools and primary schools around the country by the end of May.

“We remind the public,  especially those who have not done or completed their two shots of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and booster shots to please do so,” reminds the Minsitry and NEOC.

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PEPA O FA’AMATALAGA- Aso 12 Mati 2022.

(1) TASI LE TAGATA FAAOPOOPO ILE NUMERA UA AAFIA ILE KOVITI 19 I TOTONU O NOFOAGA FAANOFOESEA

O ananafi, Aso Faraile, 11 Mati 2022, sa faatino ai tui suesue lona 3 mo pasese ma le aufaigaluega o e e taulāmua ile faatinoina o auaunaga mo malaga taunuu mai. I nei suesuega ua faamaonia mai ai ua iai se faaopoopoga e 1 ile aofai o e ua aafia ile Koviti ma ole aofaiga atoa ua iai nei e 13. O le faaopoopoga e tasi o se tasi o tausi soifua o loo galulue i totonu o nofoaga faanofoesea mo le mataituina o i latou ua aafia i le faamai o le KOVITI-19.

O i latou uma nei toa 13, e toa 12 o tagata pasese mai le Malaga mai Niu Sila ile aso 6 Mati, 2022 ma le tausi soifua e toatasi (1) o loo i nofoaga faanofoesea i le falemai i Motootua e mataituina ai, ma ua faamaonia e le o iai ni āuga ole faamai ma o loo manuia uma i latou. 

O loo manuia ma malolosi uma foi le toatele o le pasese e le o aafia faapea foi le 126 o tagata faigaluega (frontline workers) ua faamaonia mai a latou suesuega lona 3 mo le KOVITI-19, e le o aafia i le siama.

E toe faamanatu atu ai l le Mamalu o le atunuu e lei maea uma tui manaomia e puipuia mai ai I le Koviti19 olo’o  tatala mai pea le avanoa e faia ai ou tui aua lou saogalemua, lou aiga ma si o tatou atunuu.

E le o iai foi se faamaoniaga o le pipisi o le faamai i tua i o tatou tagata lautele i nuu ma afioaga.

File photos: Healthcare workers have been on the front line of Covid-19 for the past 2 years since Samoa went into State of Emergency in March 2020. 📷 Gvt Press Secretariat.