American Samoa Governor Announces 1st Covid Related Death

Thursday 24 March 2022 (Wednesday 22 March 2022 in American Samoa) American Samoa Governor, Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga in a special address to the nation this afternoon, announced the first recorded Covid-19 related death in American Samoa. A man who died yesterday at the LBJ Hospital is said to have had several pre-conditions relating to other health problems.


Governor Lemanu offered his condolences to the man’s family and to the community, encouraging everyone to remain strong and draw strength from God.

“Do not let this disease take over us, let us control the disease,” Lemanu said.

He acknowledged the community spread of the virus had occurred, and the first Covid death has now been recorded, despite government efforts to protect the health of the public.

American Samoa’s Department of Health has not released a situational report since Tuesday when a total of 367 positive cases were reported in the community bringing the total number of active Covid-19 cases in the Territory to 1,932. The Department had also reported 242 people have recovered.

Click here for Governor Lemanu’s address.