Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu District Chairperson and 12 others including staff of Amuru District Local Government have tested positive for COVID-19.
Seven among the 13, were community members from Obiya West Village in the West Division of Gulu City and eight staff of Amuru District Local Government.
The Chairman has now been evacuated from his residence in Obiya West village, For God Parish in the West Division of Gulu City and taken to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital treatment unit for management.
Bishop Loum Janani, the in-charge of the Public Health Department at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital and head of the surveillance and case management at the facility explained that Mapenduzi had tested following the recommendation requiring all COVID-19 task force members to undergo mandatory checkup after every fortnight to safeguard themselves against the virus.
The Gulu COVID-19 treatment centre has cumulatively admitted up to 473 patients out of which 240 have recovered and discharged from the facility.