top of page
  • By Pacifc Island Times News Staff

21 new cases confirmed Covid positive out of 554 tests; DPHSS warns against vaccine scams

Twenty-one new cases of Covid-19 were identified out of 554 tests performed on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Four cases were identified through contact tracing. One case reported recent travel and was identified in quarantine.

To date, there have been a total of 7,378 officially reported cases of COVID-19 with 123 deaths, 110 cases in active isolation and 7,145 not in active isolation. There are 11 hospital admissions. A total of 5,179 health care personnel and senior citizens have received vaccinations as of Jan, 6.


The Covid Area Risk score went up to 1.2.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) advises the public of possible scams related to the Covid-19 vaccine and Medicare. Medicare covers the Covid-19 vaccine, so there will be no cost to Medicare beneficiaries.

If anyone asks beneficiaries to share their Medicare Number or pay for access to the vaccine, you can bet it's a scam. Here's what the public needs to know:

  • You can't pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.

  • You can't pay to get early access to a vaccine.

  • Don't share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails you promising access to the vaccine for a fee.

In addition:

  • Be suspicious of anyone going door-to-door to offer free coronavirus or COVID-19 testing, supplies, treatments, or vaccines. Ask for ID and make sure the individual(s) are employed by DPHSS first.

  • Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.

  • Carefully review your Medicare Summary Notice or Explanation of Benefits (EOB), looking for errors or claims for products or services that weren't received.

  • Follow the instructions of your state or local government for other actions you should be taking in response to COVID-19

Subscribe to

our digital

monthly edition


bottom of page