- COVID19 Updates
As of May 25, 2021, 15,708 people have received the first dose of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 7,507 people have completed the second dose of the Moderna vaccine. Pohnpei’s vaccination coverage is at 36%.
The vaccine coverage rate in the Municipalities is as follows:
- Kolonia – 54%
- U – 49%
- Sokehs – 43%
- Madolenihmw – 39%
- Kitti – 39%
- Nett – 38%
- Outer Islands – 3%
From the Guam Daily Post: The Republic of Palau is prepared to welcome visitors who are fully vaccinated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved COVID-19 vaccines, including those from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr. said the island nation has inoculated 95% of their adults or 70% of their entire community.
New cases reported on May 25, 2021, by WHO in the Pacific Region: 8 cases in Fiji, 1 case in Guam.
In Hawaii, The average number of new cases per day in the past 7 days is currently at 63, In May, 92% of cases have been community-associated.
2. First batch of repatriated residents released from quarantine
The first batch of repatriated residents was released from Quarantine on May 20, 2021, after testing NEGATIVE for COVID-19 and being in quarantine for seven days in Pohnpei, and seven days of pre-quarantine in Guam.
In a brief ceremony at the airport, Speaker Lambert and Governor Oliver officially welcomed them home. In their brief remarks, both Speaker and Governor acknowledged the long and often frustrating delay for their return home, expressing their happiness for their safe return. Governor Oliver apologized to the repatriates and conveyed his sincere gratitude for their patience and understanding.
Englebert Perman spoke on behalf of the repatriates. Mr. Perman spoke of the disappointment and anxiety that many of the repatriates experienced being unable to return home for over one year. He also acknowledged and commended the work done by the Pohnpei State Government, especially at the Medical Monitoring Area. On behalf of the repatriates, he offered their collective experiences to help with Pohnpei’s COVID-19 response.
Special thanks to Mr. Sei Uemoto, from Sei Restaurant, who donated lunch for the repatriated residents.
3. Handover ceremony with Japanese Embassy for a new recycling center
Thank you to the Embassy and People of Japan for your generous support.
In a handover ceremony today, May 21, 2021, at Dekehtik, His Excellency Sobashima Hidenobu, Japanese Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), handed over the keys to a new recycling center building to Governor Oliver, who then handed the keys over to Executive Officer, Mr. Henry Susaia.
In his opening remarks, Chief of Staff Kapilly Capelle spoke of the increased capacity that Pohnpei State will realize through the Embassy of Japan’s support with the new recycling center and a forthcoming recycling machine. Ambassador Sobashima explained that an additional four million cans will be recycled with the increased capacity, along with better parking and the habit of recycling instilled in future generations. Governor Oliver thanked Ambassador Sobashima on behalf of the people of Pohnpei for this project and the many projects from the Embassy of Japan that have helped the people of Pohnpei and looked forward to more projects in the future. In closing, he thanked the Embassy of Japan, Office of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) for the coordination and support, and Pacific Landscaping and Engineering Company (PLEC) for the construction of the building.
4. Second batch of repatriated residents released from quarantine
Another batch of repatriated residents was released from Quarantine on May 21, 2021, after testing NEGATIVE for COVID-19 and being in quarantine for seven days in Pohnpei, and seven days of pre-quarantine in Guam.
In a brief ceremony at the airport, Governor Oliver officially welcomed the 22 repatriated residents home. In his brief remarks, Governor Oliver apologized to the repatriates for the delay, and conveyed his sincere gratitude for their patience and understanding. He asked the repatriates to help the Pohnpei State Government and Task Force with the knowledge and experience they have gained over the past year dealing with COVID-19.
Faustino Yarofaisug spoke on behalf of the repatriates. Mr. Yarofaisug expressed his joy and gratitude for returning home to Pohnpei. He spoke of the many hardships experienced and overcome and apologized for any misunderstandings that may have resulted during their hardships. He called for the support of our State and National Leaders, as we continue to respond and adapt to conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Special thanks to Mr. Sei Uemoto, from Sei Restaurant, who donated lunch for the repatriated residents, for the second day in a row.
5. Dr. Thane Hancock from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Guam visits Governor Oliver