The governor of Kisumu county, Anyang’ Nyong’o has asked hundreds of workers of Kisumu County Government to stay at home. The governor suspended all non-essential services. He did this in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The suspension comes days after a catholic priest who visited the neighboring Siaya county tested positive for coronavirus.
Sources indicate that the priest attended a burial ceremony in Ugunja, Siaya county. At the burial, he came into close contact with several people.
After the announcement that the priest tested positive for coronavirus, more than 60 people in Siaya went for voluntary testing. More than 50 people who came in close contact with the priest are currently in self-quarantine. The priest is at Mbagathi Hospital.
Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga says that out of the 60 people that went for voluntary screening, there are six suspected cases. Medical personnel has taken samples of the six cases to KEMRI labs in Kisumu so that they can be analyzed further.
The governor of Kisumu County issued a notice earlier this week. In the announcement, he says that there is a high chance that residents of Kisumu came into contact with people who attended the funeral in Ugunja. The interactions put many of Kisumu residents at risk of contracting the deadly virus.
“It has come to our attention and knowledge that two suspected Covid–19 cases from Siaya County have had interactions with a lot of people in Kisumu over the past few days. This situation has heightened the number of people being quarantined in our isolation facilities as the possible contacts are traced,” Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o stated.
Following these events, the governor ordered hundreds of county government workers to stay at home. He suspended certain services for an indefinite period.
Services that will still be operational
Nyong’o listed the departments that will continue operating despite the coronavirus. They include the departments of; finance, health and sanitation, disaster and emergency services, water and environment, field administration and enforcement, and veterinary services.
Overstretched health system
Additionally, the Kisumu governor stated that the health system of the county can not contain an outbreak. For this reason, he appealed to the residents of Kisumu County to stay at home and avoid public places. He also urged those who came in contact with mourners from Siaya county to get tested.
The governor said that residents should only go out when they need to buy essential provisions or visit health facilities.