Kitgum Maternity Home was closed yesterday after some of the staff tested positive for the coronavirus.
The closure was ordered by Kitgum administrators led by Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech with advisement from the District COVID19 taskforce.
RDC Komakech told URN that they arrived at this decision after the results of the staff released from the Central Public Health Laboratory [CPHL] confirmed that 8 of them had contracted the virus.
The 8 cases were part of the 17 people who tested positive in Kitgum on Thursday and are all contacts of a previously confirmed positive case from Lamwo district. Efforts to trace contacts of these cases are already underway.
Reports further indicate that the 8 health workers were primary contacts of Lamwo District LC5 Chairperson aspirant who tested positive for the virus last week. They came into contact with him as he was trying to seek medical attention.
The RDC also singled out Apollo grounds in the central division as one of the hotspots for COVID-19 in the area noting that a lockdown will be imposed on any form of business that attracts gatherings and unnecessary movements.