Gangtok: A government employee from the state agriculture department staying at Working Women’s Hostel in Deorali tested positive for COVID-19 in Sikkim on Saturday. She has been identified and sent for isolation to STNM Hospital.
Addressing the media at Tashiling Secretariat on Saturday, agriculture secretary Rinzing Chewang Bhutia said, “It appears that she had reached Rangpo on July 10 and had a three-day stay to attend a death in the family. She was staying in Rangpo Fatak but the funeral ceremony was at Mining Ground area, towards Singtam. She attended office on July 14 with symptoms of fever but she did not venture out from that day, owing to her health and came for just one day on July 14. Altogether, there were seven employees she came in contact with at the office while 47 inmates were staying at Working Women’s Hostel.”
Health director general Dr Pempa Tshering Bhutia, who was also part of the media address, informed, “The contact tracing of the patient from Agriculture Department is under way, she was sharing the room with two other women in the Working Women’s Hostel, one is a sales girl at MG Marg while the other is an employee of Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation at Hospital Dara. The room along with Hostel has been sealed and declared as containment zone. She had seven primary contacts at the Krishi Bhawan, her office. If her contacts also test positive, then there is a good chance of Deorali and MG Marg along with Krishi Bhawan area being declared as containment zone. It is also concern on the number of persons she met during the funeral at Rangpo, we have urged her family to prepare a list of persons that attended the funeral ceremony.”
The tests were conducted on Truenat for the primary contacts.