USAPI COVID-19 Response
Since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a public health emergency by United States authorities in January 2020, PIHOA has been working with the Departments and Ministries of Health in the USAPIs as well as US federal, regional, and international partners to share the latest evidence, prepare for and respond to COVID-19.
This includes tracking the pandemic, advising on critical interventions, coordinating with a wide range of partners, deploying subject matter experts, conducting online clinical training, information dissemination and communication support, and procuring, and shipping diagnostics and personal protective equipment.
USAPI Regional COVID-19 Situation Reports
2021 USAPI COVID-19 Sitreps
2020 USAPI COVID-19 Sitreps
Laboratory and Procurement
Laboratory and procurement support for COVID-19 public health surveillance and diagnostic testing include GeneXpert, Abbott ID NOW, Abbott Binax NOW (WHO, CDC IRR, HHS), and other ancillary lab supply procurement and distribution; testing training, QA/QC, validation, and inventory management, monthly Association of USAPI Laboratory Managers virtual meetings to review, update and troubleshoot lab testing strategies and approaches; management of regional reserve of GeneXpert kits to support repatriation testing in Honolulu and other unforeseen events, and laboratory staff deployment to the Guam Public Health Laboratory.
COVID-19 Zoom Calls
PIHOA continues to coordinate, host, and facilitate weekly one-on-one USAPI COVID-19 zoom calls with all 10 USAPI health agencies. The weekly USAPI regional partner coordination calls are also hosted and facilitated by PIHOA. As needed, PIHOA also provides administrative support to the CDC’s weekly USAPI COVID-19 Response zoom calls.
Medical and Other Surge Support
Medical and other surge support provided includes the procurement and shipment of ventilator and oxygen management supplies; Biomed support; disseminating guidance and best-practices for the set-up of isolation facilities and development of protocols; clinical training information dissemination and coordination with partners; and medical surge personnel recruitment in the RMI, on-site lab support in Guam and Pohnpei, on-site administrative support in American Samoa, and on-site Pacific Public Health Fellowship Program support for the vaccine roll-out in Tinian, CNMI.
PIHOA continues to work closely with US federal, regional, and international partners on COVID-19 response efforts in the USAPIs. Partner engagement efforts include exchanging the most updated COVID-19 information, maximizing and utilizing shared resources, and collaborating on COVID-19 advocacy efforts.
PIHOA is active and continues to participate on the WHO Pacific Joint COVID-19 Incident Management Team, CDC STLTS COVID-19 Partner Group, White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, ASTHO Insular Area Policy Sub-Committee, and the HHS/WH R9 COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force.
USAPI Departments and Ministries of Health
For daily COVID-19 updates from the USAPI Departments and Ministries of Health, check out their websites and Facebook pages. Get connected!
American Samoa Department of Health