Siaya: Catholic nuns quarantined after contact with coronavirus-positive priest


Siaya: Catholic nuns quarantined after contact with coronavirus-positive priest

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  • Siaya County Commissioner Michael Ole Tialal said all the sisters from Lwak and Aluor convents and others from the surrounding parishes have since been isolated on suspicion of coming into contact with Father Richard Onyango Oduor.

All the Catholic nuns who came into contact with a Rome-based priest who tested positive for the coronavirus after leading mass during a burial in Ugunja, Siaya County, have now been placed under quarantine.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Siaya County Commissioner Michael Ole Tialal said all the sisters from Lwak and Aluor convents and others from the surrounding parishes have since been isolated on suspicion of coming into contact with Father Richard Onyango Oduor.

According to Mr. Tialal, the leadership of the respective convents directed that everyone be placed under quarantine upon receiving the news that Fr. Oduor had contracted Covid-19.

The county’s health department response team has since also visited the home where the priest presided over a burial mass to identify more people who need to be quarantined, even as the search for many others who attended the funeral is still ongoing.

Priests serving at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Utawala, Nairobi, where Fr. Oduor spent a day after arriving into the country from Rome are also under self-quarantine.

Father Bosco Kamau and Anthony-Mario Egbunonu, in a joint statement to newsrooms on Monday, stated that they would get tested for the coronavirus on Tuesday.

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