18 Jun 2020

American Samoa gets more Covid-19 funding

5:07 pm on 18 June 2020

The LBJ Medical Center in American Samoa has received nearly $US5 million in Covid-19 federal funds to help cover the more than $3 million in related expenses incurred so far.

LBJ hospital, American Samoa

LBJ hospital, American Samoa Photo: RNZI

Chief Executive Faumuina John Faumuina said the funds were received from the US Department of Health and Human Services under the federal CARES Act and totals just over $4.89 million.

Faumuina said the injection came at a time when the hospital needs to replenish its coffers for coronavirus-related expenditures, which includes over $1.35 million in equipment, nearly $2 million in supplies and over $300,000 in infrastructure costs.

The hospital anticipated more Covid-19 expenditure in the coming months.