28 Apr 2020

US Army to assist American Samoa with Covid-19 testing

4:12 pm on 28 April 2020

A team of four from the US Army Medical Service Corps is scheduled to arrive in American Samoa in early May to assist authorities with Covid-19 testing.

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The team is part of the US Government's assistance for the territories in the fight against the coronavirus.

The team will bring their own fully self-contained lab, testkits and equipment to conduct the coronavirus tests.

Their medical arsenal includes a BioFire machine which can perform up to 40 Covid-19 tests a day.

The team is scheduled to be in the territory for six weeks, working with the LBJ Hospital and the Department of Health.