Although test results are still inconclusive until the tests of swabs sent to New Zealand return, an update from the NEOC states, “to date the young sailors display no signs of the virus (asymptomatic)”.
“Their temperature measures are normal; no flu or cough and their appetite is fine”.
The position reported on Saturday remains; “that a consolidated release on the test results will be announced once we receive advice from New Zealand.”
The press release further assures that health officials conducting tests on the 2 sailors in isolation are following Samoa’s COVID preparedness and response plan procedures, designed for positive case scenarios in Samoa.
“Health officials who have been conducting swabs on the two men are fully protected with personal protection equipment, and have been managed in controlled isolation;
“Tests for all frontline officers who were at Faleolo airport have begun”.
Furthermore, the NEOC confirms that test results for the local staff who underwent controlled isolation two weeks ago following Fesco Askold container ship COVID 19 scare, have all returned negative; and the staff will be discharged soon.
NEOC asks Samoa to stand together in solidarity and prayer as they continue their work to protect Samoa from the global pandemic.
“The country is hereby assured that health measures undertaken to manage this suspected case has been clinically done with extra care to ensure that it is contained within the isolation site. We again implore the country’s patience to remain calm at this point in time while the Committee continues to carry out all the necessary actions to safeguard Samoa.”
“May the grace and the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ continue to cover our country.”