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Remmy Butia July 3, 2020

NANDI RESIDENTS BRAVE QUEUES AS COUNTY KICKS OFF CORONAVIRUS MASS TESTING FOR HOTELIERS

In a bid to stem the spread of the contagion, the County Government of Nandi has commenced a mass COVID-19 testing program targeting the business community in the region.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has triggered an unprecedented crisis in the hospitality sector, given the immediate and immense shock to the sector.

Top on the list of mass testing is the hospitality sector in a move aimed at ensuring all hotels and restaurants comply with the set public health measures against COVID-19 pandemic.

The exercise that kicked off at the Kenya Medical Training College, Mosoriot in Chesumei Sub County, Kapsabet County Referral Hospital in Emgwen and at Nandi Hills County Hospital in Nandi Hills Sub County targets over 400 hotel workers.

As of today, there are 4 Confirmed positive cases, one was discharged, 2 asymptomatic cases under medical observation at Nandi Hills County Hospital Isolation Center. One patient who was under Police custody is reported to have escaped and tracing is on.

All the 46 close contacts for the four confirmed cases have returned a negative test result. Surveillance/contact monitoring is ongoing.

Asymptomatic cases, also known as silent spreaders, are the patients who have tested COVID-19 positive but develop no symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat. However, they pose a risk of spreading the disease to others.

The County Department of Health is stressing national health guidance to stay at home and safe lives, encouraging residents to: ‘act like you’ve got it, anyone can spread it.’

All residents are reminded about the critical importance of regular hand-washing with soap and hot water for 20 seconds. The importance of this action cannot be underestimated.

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