Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has ordered for the closure of all offices at the county headquarters for at least one week over a surge in infections among staff.

The governor has also directed that all county government staff undergo Covid-19 tests. So far, the county has registered 57 infections among medical personnel.

The governor also said Kakamega has 316 confirmed Covid-19 infections, adding that 155 are still in isolation while 7 succumbed to the disease.

Oparanya admitted that the county was staring at a shortage of ICU experts to help in the management of critical cases.

Prisons and health facilities have been identified as a weak link in the containment of the virus in Kakamega County.

Several officers and inmates at the Shikusa Bostol Institution have tested positive for the virus while several of them were are under self-isolation.

The governor has asked authorities in the area to arrest persons found violating Covid-19 containment protocols issued by the ministry of health.

“We now order law enforcement officers within the county, including police, to arrest anybody found breaking COVID-19 regulations including wearing of masks,” directed Governor Oparanya.