Nandi County HQ Closed after Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

  • A medical personnel holding a Covid-19 virus test kit.
    File image of a Covid-19 testing kit.
  • Nandi County headquarters has been shut down after eight staff members tested positive for Covid-19.

    In a statement on Sunday evening, October 18, County Secretary and Head of Public Service Francis Sang said the offices will remain closed for 14 days beginning today.

    Sang noted that the shutdown will affect operations in eight county departmental offices with six from the Finance and Economic Planning Department, one from Public Health and Administration, and one from Public Service and e-government.

    The county secretary also stated that the offices of the Governor, Deputy Governor, Administration, Public Service, Health, Finance, and Economic Planning will also be closed to contain the spread of the virus.

    Entry to Nandi County offices.
    Entry to Nandi County offices.

    He further said that the staff from these departments shall work from home.

    The offices shall remain shut to cut the chain of transmission. Meanwhile the staff from the said departments shall proceed to work from home for a period of 14 days from October 19, 2020,” said Dr. Francis Sang (County Secretary and Head of County Public Service).

    The contacts of all the affected officers will self-quarantine and are encouraged to test for Covid-19. Testing of the staff in the affected departments will commence on Monday, with staff from the health department headquarters.” He added.

    Sang also stated that a raft of preventive measures will be undertaken in all the county offices.

    Fumigation and other appropriate preventive measures will be undertaken within all affected offices. All departments to ensure strict hand washing and wearing of face masks across all the department is done,” he said in a statement.

    This comes amid concerns over the rising numbers of Covid-19 infections in the country. According to health experts, the country might be starring at a second wave of the infections which they fear could be more dangerous.

    As of Sunday, October 18, Kenya’s coronavirus caseload was at 44,881 cases, with the new positivity rate standing at 12 per cent as compared to the 4 per cent positivity rate before President Uhuru lifted the COVID-19 restrictions.

    Nandi Governor Stephen Sang
    Nandi Governor Stephen Sang during an address in 2019.