Mediamax, the media stable owned by the Kenyatta Family on Thursday locked down the third floor at DSM Place, the company’s headquarters for fumigation after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.
In a memo to all employees, Acting Chief Executive Ken Ngaruiya revealed that the unidentified employee works in the Finance Department. Ngaruiya revealed that the employee showed mild symptoms of the disease before being taken in for treatment.
Ngaruiya stated that all employees who worked with the patient have been advised to self isolate for 14 days while contact tracing to track down all persons who came into contact with the patient has began.
“Please be informed that one employee in the Finance Department has tested positive for COVID-19 after exhibiting mild symptoms. The employee has already self-isolated in accordance with home-based care guidelines,” the memo dated July 12 read.
Conversely, the company has started making plans to facilitate its employees to work in shifts after projecting that it might not be feasible to maintain normal working procedures due to the need to maintain social distancing.
The company has also enlisted the services of a medical services provider tasked with handling all matters COVID-19 including medication and guidance regarding quarantine.
By the same token, the media house has tightened the belt on movement in and out of DSM Place to protect its other employees from contracting the virus.
“At this point in time our priority is to make sure that your wellbeing is taken care of. We encourage you that you be positive and calm as it has a bearing on your immunity. Lets work together to make sure that we contain COVID-19 the best way we can,” Ngaruiya wrote in the memo.
The development at Mediamax comes at a day when Kenya reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that Kenya’s virus cases stand at 10,294 with 2,496 recoveries.
Twelve more people have died bringing the total number of fatalities to 197.
Meanwhile the number of cases are expected to keep rising after the lifting of inter-county movement restrictions.