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BY UPESI REPORTER,NAIROBI,29TH OCT 2020-Kakamega County chief of staff Robert Sumbi has succumbed to the Covid-19 disease.
Sumbi passed away on Thursday morning at the County General Hospital where he has been admitted for the last one week.
He is one of the county officials who have contracted the virus in recent days.
Governor Wycliffe Oparanya on Wednesday closed down the county headquarters as the virus numbers surged.
He ordered for testing of all county staff immediately.
The closure followed the suspension of sittings by the county assembly after three MCAs contracted the disease.
Oparanya’s administration resolved to intensify adherence to the Covid-19 protocols and restrictions and ensure all learners in schools wear masks and observe social distancing.
Also banned are all political gatherings and church services that culminate into political rallies.
Oparanya said home-based care is encouraged to decongest the health facilities that have now been overstretched.
Oparanya said that sensitisation programmes on the virus will be intensified starting Thursday at the grassroots levels, involving chiefs and their assistants, County Government Administrators and medical personnel.
The assembly asked the county general hospital to carry out mass testing of MCAs and staff but the hospital management said it did not have testing kits.
County health services executive Dr Collins Matemba said that plans are underway to relocate virus patients at the general hospital to Likuyani Subcounty Hospital and leave the facility for VIP admissions.