The County Headquarters of Nandi has sent all its employees home after 8 officers from the Finance and Economic, Education, Public Health and Administration departments tested positive for coronavirus.
In a memo signed by the County Secretary Dr Francis Sang, the 14 day leave will allow for contact tracing and isolation for officers who may have come into contact with the 8 positive cases.
The County Secretary further said that members of the public will not be allowed into offices without adherence to Ministry of Health protocols.
“Consequently, the offices of the Governor, Deputy Governor, Administration, Public Service and e-Government, Health Department Headquarters, Finance and Economic Planning Headquarters and Education Department Headquarters shall remain closed for fourteen days starting 19th October, 2020 to cut the chain of transmission for Covid-19,” reads part of the memo.
The county will undertake a massive testing of staff in the affected departments from Monday 19th October to Wednesday, 21st October.
“Fumigation and other appropriate preventive measures shall be undertaken within all County affected offices,” he said.
The latest development comes amid a surge of covid-19 cases in North Rift region.
Yesterday, The County Assembly of Uasin Gishu was closed for 21 days after tests done on the body of the late Huruma MCA Peter Kiiru Chomba returned positive for coronavirus.
In an internal Memo seen by the Kenyan Herald dated Oct 17, all staff were asked to stay at home for a period of 21 days beginning Monday October 19 as a precautionary measure.
In the last four days, Uasin Gishu County has recorded 30 cases (Thursday), 33 (Friday) and Saturday 74 cases, the highest ever figure.
On Sunday, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago called on residents to upscale the adherence of Corona Virus prevention and control measures.
“We have lately seen laxity in adherence to COVID-19 regulations. I have walked around town, people are no longer keen on keeping social distance, hand washing neither do we put on masks well”, said Mandago.