The Bomet County Covid-19 Emergency Response team has started tracing eight people who unknowingly travelled from Nairobi alongside a Covid-19 patient.
In a statement, Governor Hillary Barchok said that the person had travelled from Nairobi to Bomet in a South Rift Sacco matatu on Saturday, 11th July.
The matatu had eight passengers, three of whom alighted at Longisa, two at Bomet, one between Bomet and Chebole and the last one, at Litein.
Upon arrival, the fellow contacted the County Emergency Response Team to inform them that he had tested positive for Covid-19 while in Nairobi.
Barchok said the team quickly took the man to an isolation unit at Longisa Referral Hospital.
“As the situation demands, our public health officers immediately started tracing those who travelled with the individual and their other possible contacts. In this regard, I appeal to all the passengers who boarded the matatu to get in touch with our public health officials for further assistance. They can reach our health personnel through hotline number 0726012387,” he said.
The governor appealed to matatu operators to adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines and keep records of their passengers to assist in contact tracing in such circumstances.
He also said that the county government would distribute travel log documents to aid in record keeping.
“The influx of passengers from Nairobi and other affected counties may give us a monumental challenge in the coming weeks, but it is our hope that with strict adherence to preventive measures, we can curb the spread of the virus. I appeal to everyone to take care of themselves and those around them,” he said.
As of now, Bomet County has recorded 13 cases of Covid-19.