Panic as 52 Students in Busia School Test Positive for Covid-19

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Sixty people at Salvation Army Kolanya Boys High School in Busia County have tested positive for Covid-19.

Addressing the press on Tuesday, November 3, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said that 100 samples were tested at the school, out of which 60 tested positive for the deadly virus.

Of the 60 positive cases, 52 are students, six are teachers and two are support staff.

Governor Ojaamong also said that the positive cases have been taken to isolation within the school and medical officers deployed to the institution and the rest of the school fraternity has been quarantined within the institution.

“Since the first case was diagnosed in April 2020, Busia has reported a total of 1,683 positive cases out of 75,564 tests carried out.”

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong during a past press conference. Photo/Courtesy

“Out of 63,590 drivers tested, 1,364 tested positive, 10 food handlers tested positive out of 569. 12 out of 962 healthcare workers tested positive while 152 prisoners out of 778 and 363 out of 5950 community members tested positive,” Ojaamong said.

The governor said the county’s isolation centres have handled a total of 2,016 patients, most of whom have been discharged, leaving only two.

The county has been carrying out Covid-19 tests at Alupe Kenya MRI CDC laboratories, Busia County Referral Hospital and KEMRI CDC Kisumu.

Busia county being at the border of Kenya and Uganda, it has experienced many difficulties one of them being traffic jam extending more than 40 km due to the cross border requirement for truck drivers to be tested before crossing into either side of the border,

“Since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, Busia County has suffered from massive effects of the pandemic. The County hosts two border towns of Busia and Malaba which are the exit and entry points of over 1,500 commercial trucks which cross the border daily.

Briefing session cum committee launch on Locally Assembled desks for schools in Busia County at Chakol Girls Secondary school. In attendance were the teams from the county and Subcounties. Image/Courtesy

“This has increased the risk of not only spreading the Covid-19 infection into the surrounding community but has also posed other public health risks,” Ojaamong said.

Ojaamong added that the pandemic has also exposed the residents to poverty since businesses remained closed during the peak of the disease.

“In past few weeks, Busia County has experienced an increased number of positive cases signaling a second wave of infection. In this phase we have seen community spread spiking,” the governor added.

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