American Samoa has reported its first case of COVID.
It came from a traveler flying into the territory last Monday – on the first day Hawaiian Airlines resumed flights between Honolulu and Pago Pago since flights were suspended in March 2020, Hawaii News Now reported Saturday.
Local health officials said the traveler, a resident of the territory, was fully vaccinated and had tested negative before boarding the flight.
The person was in their third day of quarantine when they tested positive for the virus.
American Samoa requires all travelers to be vaccinated. They must also take three COVID tests before arriving. Upon arrival, travelers must also undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine.
“The discovery of this positive case during quarantine highlights the importance of why our process is critical to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said the territory’s Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga. “It further highlights the importance of maintaining our current quarantine protocols.”
The infected person, who was asymptomatic, was among about 260 other passengers on the flight.
No other positive cases have been reported so far and contact-tracing is underway as the other passengers remain in quarantine.
Following American Samoa’s COVID protocols, the infected person was transported to a government isolation facility, health officials said.
All scheduled flights to American Samoa have been suspended until further notice.