Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba on Monday announced that the Mt. Elgon Sub County Hospital has been converted into a Corona virus isolation center.

Governor Khaemba said the 32 bed capacity facility will now serve as a center where patients with Covid-19 related symptoms will be admitted.

“We call on anybody with symptoms to call our hotlines for them to be picked up instead of coming on their own since they might infect other people on the way in the event they are affected,”.

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The County Boss further directed all Boda Boda operators in the County to observe guidelines on social distancing saying they will not be allowed to crowd while waiting for passengers.

“We are not going to encourage unnecessary crowding in town during this period. Police officers will be carrying out surveillance to ensure the guidelines are adhered to,” Khaemba said.

Area County Commissioner Samson Ojwang’ who are Co-chairs of the county emergency and response team said residents have to suspend the habit of prolonged and crowded funerals.

Commissioner Ojwang’ said the assistant chiefs will record lists of 15 mourners before issuing burial permits to ensure that only those listed will be present when performing burial rites.

“I know this part of the country attaches a lot of cultural beliefs to funerals but this will have to stop for now because we are dealing with a deadly virus. Those who violate the regulation will be arrested,” he said.

Earlier in the morning Governor Khaemba chaired a mulit-agency County emergency response Coordination Committee on Covid-19 at the County head quarter co-chaired by the Trans Nzoia County commissioner Sam Ojwang and the county security team.