Three more SMC Depot staff confirmed positive for Covid-19

Covid-19 (file pic)

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Jan 26: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) Depot has confirmed three more of its staff have tested positive for Covid-19 following an earlier detected case on Jan 23.

SMC chairman Clarence Ting in a press statement today said the staff who tested positive were from the Engineering and Public Health and Services sections attached to the depot for road maintenance, flushing and dog catching activities.

These cases surfaced from close contact tracing after an SMC staff stationed at the depot had earlier tested positive.

With these new cases, Ting said the affected sections located on Levels 20 and 22 of the depot would be closed immediately until Feb 5.

He asserted that this is also a precaution to facilitate proper sanitisation and further contact of other field staff.

While sanitisation works are carried out, he urged all council staff working at the depot and those who have had close contact with the confirmed cases to take polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab tests.

“In compliance with the SOP (standard operating procedure) issued by the SDMC (State Disaster Management Committee), it is compulsory that all council staff at these two sections and those individuals who had close contact with these three infected staff are to do the PCR swab tests and to strictly follow the Health Department’s requirements so that together we can contain the spread.

“SMC hereby advises these groups of individuals to undergo the compulsory PCR swab tests immediately. SMC staff are reminded to adhere to this instruction. Failing which, actions will be taken, including reporting to the Ministry of Local Government and Housing Sarawak and the SDMC,” he said. — DayakDaily