Covid-19 seems to have penetrated the school fences and is now threatening to close down schools as 11 more students test positive at Friends School Kamusinga. This comes after a tough week for Maranda High School where a total of 11 students were also confirmed positive for the virus. 6 more cases were also confirmed at Kimilili Boys High School in Bungoma County bringing the total number of infected students in the county to 17.
Speaking to the Local Daily, a teacher from the school confirmed that the school might be forced to close down for a period of two weeks to allow for fumigation and contact tracing. “We are doing our best to ensure students don’t flout the ministry of health directives on social distancing, sanitizing, wearing masks and washing hands regularly,” added the teacher.
The Webuye County Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Simon Kisaka also supported the teacher, drumming up the need for immediate action and closure of the school. He also confirmed that the county is currently facing a shortage of medics after 28 health staff from the hospital were put under quarantine after testing positive. He therefore wouldn’t wish to see more students test positive for the virus as this would overstretch the already overwhelmed facility.
The students are currently under isolation as contact tracing continues.