West Pokot County on Wednesday recorded its first coronavirus case increasing the number of counties that have so far recorded COVID-19 cases to 46.
Through his official Facebook Page, Governor John Lonyangapuo said the case which was detected in Ortum had already been moved to isolation and is receiving treatment.
Lonyangapuo confirmed the single case detected in West Pokot had a travel history.
“We have today confirmed the first COVID-19 case in West Pokot. The patient hails from Ortum and has a travel history from Nairobi. She was picked by County surveillance team after an alarm was raised by members of the public,” said Lonyangapuo.
He said the patient has been taken to the Isolation and Treatment Centre in Kapenguria County Referral Hospital.
The County Boss said contact tracing has been activated and requested for maximum cooperation as the Health team seeks to contain spread of the virus.
He said his administration is prepared to handle the emerging cases but the primary focus is on prevention.
“I thank Wananchi for their alertness and I appeal to them to continue observing preventive measures issued by Ministry of Health. The invisible virus has now made in roads to our county and we all have an individual duty to protect ourselves by adhering to health protocols in place,” added the governor.