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Close to three hundred Samoans returning from New Zealand and Fiji since the state of emergency border shutdown are being quarantined at eight separate sites in Upolu.
The 259 returning residents who flew in and are being quarantined for 14 days does not include the 17 crew members of the MV Lady Samoa III who are currently isolated at sea.
The figures are revealed in a Disaster Advisory Committee (DAC) External Situation report for COVID-19 pandemic response dated 30 March.
Fifty of those passengers are being quarantined at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mulifanua, 13 at the Faleolo Medical Clinic, 60 in the St Therese Samoa Retreat and Accommodation, 36 at the Orator Hotel, 25 at the Samoa Traditional Resort, 19 at Aniva’s Place Moto’otua and six at the Vaea Hotel, Lalovaea.
A the time of the report, the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) reported there were 26 samples being collected for COVID-19 testing.
Twenty of those samples have been sent for testing and are negative.
“There are six outstanding tests which are awaiting transport,” the report says.
“Currently, one patient is in isolation at the TTM hospital [Tupua Tamasese Meaole] under investigation.”
The report explained that the tests are done for people with fever and flu-like symptoms with a recent travel in the past 14 days overseas reported through active surveillance.
According to the DAC report an active surveillance team is activated to detect cases of COVID-19 in Samoa early.
The Committee noted 190 contacts of all people under investigation have been identified, and are being monitored by the Surveillance Response Team (SRT) for development of signs and symptoms of illness.
“Surveillance response teams continue to undertake clinical assessment, epidemiological investigation to cases notified from TTM hospital and rural districts hospitals
“Seven response teams were assigned to undertake clinical assessments, epidemiological investigation and environmental health assessment for suspected COVID-19 cases in self-isolation at home,” the report stated.
“The response teams are also conducting epidemiological surveillance and follow ups for Persons Under Investigation (PUI) and for suspected cases in the community once notified to the Surveillance team at HEOC.”
People who have travelled or transited through countries affected by COVID-19 are encouraged to monitor themselves for the development of fever, cough and shortness of breath.
The surveillance team are also conducting monitoring visits to the quarantined sites and for those in isolation at Faleolo healthcare centre.
Furthermore, the Committee reported that the Health and Emergency Operation Centre (HEOC) received a total of 189 calls from 24 -28 March..
The majority of those calls, some 102 were for medical appointments.
Fifteen of those calls contacted HEOC to ask for information on COVID-19 suspected cases, locations of quarantined passengers and those that sought medical advice.
Eight other people had called for information regarding individuals with COVID-19 symptoms, emergency and Travel Advisory and clarifications.
“The rest of the calls asked for the number of COVID-19 suspected cases as well as preventative measures, immunisation clinic and outpatient operating time.”
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