Samoa Covid: 792 Cases, 1 New Death in 7-Day Reporting Cycle

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Ministry of Health team at Faleolo International Airport awaiting flight from NZ, 14 May 2022. Photo: MOH.

Apia, Samoa 25th May 2022 The Ministry of Health has released the latest seven day rolling average report on the status of the Covid-19 outbreak in Samoa.  There has been only one death in this seven day period, taking the death toll to 25. The newest case is a 64 year old male with known comorbidities according to MOH. He was fully vaccinated, and had also received his booster.

The latest report issued today confirmed 792 positive cases over the seven day period commencing from Sunday to Sunday – 15 to 22 May, 2022.  That is an average of just over 100 cases a day. The total number of confirmed community cases since the outbreak was discovered on March 17th, stands at 12,757.

Of Samoa’s 12,757 cases, there is an unusually high number of cases in the age group 0-4 years as previously reported. Close to 9.3% or 1,189 cases are children aged 0-4 years old. The Ministry reports that there are no recorded deaths in this age group, and the majority have been reported from the Motootua National Hospital, Leulumoega District Hospital as well as through self-reporting. Parents’ feedback is that young children in this age group and older, often show little to no symptoms.

The majority of community cases (10,792) are based in Upolu, while Savaii’s numbers are now at 1,949. Manono has just added one more case since the last period of reporting, from 15 to 16 cases. Apolima remains Covid-free.

Covid-19 cases at at Samoa’s Ports of Entry (POE) total 86 including two new confirmed positive border cases in the 7 days reported. There are six patients currently in managed isolation at Moto’otua National Hospital, and none are being held in Intensive Care.

Samoa’s vaccination rollout continues at Moto’otua and all district hospitals in the country. All those who have not done or completed their vaccinations, or a booster dose, are encouraged to do so. The Ministry continues to remind the public that vaccination remains our best defense against severe effects of Covid-19.

COVID-19 Situation Summary prepared by the Ministry of Health as at 2:00pm Local Time May 15th to 2:00pm May 22nd 2022 is provided in the table below:

The sites all include health facilities, private clinics, testing sites and self reporting.