19 Under Precautionary Quarantine All Tested Negative: Samoa Remains COVID-19 Free

NEOC Interim Chairman and MPMC Chief Executive Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo & Director General of Health Leausa Dr. Take Naseri during press briefings.


The 19 staff placed under controlled isolation a week ago since the 3 reported cases in American Samoa linked to the container ship – Fesco Askold, remain under 14 days quarantine as a health precaution.

They undertook COVID 19 tests on Sunday, 15th November, five days since they were isolated, and have all tested negative. Health Director Leausa Dr. Take Naseri and NEOC Chairman Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo confirmed during the Press Conference, on Monday this week.

“We understand the public’s concerns regarding the possible COVID-19 risk to Samoans following the Fesco Askold COIVD scare on 8th November 2020, which 3 of the crew members were reported to have been tested positive on arrival in American Samoa,” elaborated the two senior government officials in a statement issued today.

“Our assessments have revealed that all 19 personnel identified from the contact tracing when the incident came to light a week ago have not been exposed to COVID-19, which is evidence of strict compliance with control protocols at the wharf,” the statement continued.

The 19 personnel are from Ministry of Health and Samoa Ports Authority, including Stevedoring staff.

“Contact tracing, monitoring and surveillance of persons connected to the officials continue.

“The travel advisory for American Samoa has been updated in due course as we continue to monitor the situation there.”