Prepare, Prevent and Respond to COVID-19
This project supported through the CARES Act under the Family Violence & Prevention Services Act informing the community to prepare, prevent and respond to COVID-19
Written by: Kathy Fitisone, Asst Office Mgr, Alliance
American Samoa has been extremely fortunate that we have not experienced the raging effects of COVID that are being experienced throughout the world. We are thankful for all those on the frontline who have put systems in place to ensure the safety of our island population. While the processes and procedures in place are not one-hundred percent fool-proof, they have allowed us to repatriate our loved ones. They have allowed for minimal travel so that those wanting to come home and those needing to leave may have the option.
One of the processes currently in place upon arrival to American Samoa is quarantining for a pre-determined length. This is probably the most enduring part of the process. The traveler is in a state of limbo – home, but not yet home. It can be a source of frustration for those on either side of the fence. How can we help?
There are several ways to support the process. First and foremost, we must all abide by the established rules and procedures. Trying to circumnavigate the quarantine process could be detrimental to the well-being of the entire population. Stay away from the Quarantine Sites until Drop Off Days. Secondly, if you know someone in quarantine, let them know you are there to support them – call, message, video chat. See if there are things you can do for them that will help make the transition easier once they are released (maybe pay their phone bill or air out their house). It is not easy being isolated and alone, so a little love and kindness will definitely go a long way.
Keep abreast of what is happening in the community. The Department of Health is doing a great job disseminating important COVID-19 related information through various media outlets. Trust the process and know that those in charge have the best interest of the entire island at hand and at heart. Finally, remember to practice good hygiene – washing hands and using hand sanitizer, wearing masks where and when required, and practicing social distancing.
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