Buhweju, Isingiro District Headquarters Close as Staff Test Positive for Covid-19

Authorities in Isingiro and Buhweju districts have temporarily closed theur district headquarters after a number of district staff tested positive for the deadly Covid-19.

At 12 staff at Isingiro tested positive for the pandemic while the number of positive cases in Buhweju is yet to be disclosed.

In a memo dated December 1, the Buhweju Chief Administrative Officer  (CAO), Paul Walakira announced that the district headquarters will remain closed for at least seven days as the positive go into isolation and treatment as guided by the district’s case management team.

In Isingiro, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC)Herbert Muhangi, said that they decided to close the offices to curtail further spread of the virus and ensure proper disinfection. 

According to RDC, the district offices will remain closed for 14 days beginning December 2 provide enough time for disinfection.

He said they have taken samples from more staff for screening to establish if they are also infected.

Muhangi however said that all the cases are in mild and can therefore be handled at Rwekubo Health centre IV.  

Dr. Edson Tumusherure, the Isingiro District Health Officer, said that they introduced mandatory Covid-19 testing for all the thirty staff that were retained as others were asked to self-isolate in their homes. 

He says the known primary contacts of that staff that tested positive have also been asked to self-quarantine as recommended by the Ministry of Health.  

Isingiro District is one of the border districts that is faced with a high number of Covid-19 cases. More than 100 cases have so far been registered. The twelve cases from Isingiro are among the 576 new cases that were announced on Monday.

The cumulative number of confirmed cases in the country stands at 21,035.

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