Fr. Richard Oduor, a member of Saint Patrick’s Society (SPS), was taken to hospital Friday, March 20 “after some fever and vomiting” and the report of his having tested positive for the new coronavirus make public on Sunday, March 22, his confreres have stated in a collective message.
He had landed back at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) March 12 from Rome and having “passed through all the tests for COVID-19 at JKIA” proceeded to join his two confreres who minister at the Holy Family Catholic Parish, Utawala of the Archdiocese of Nairobi, his colleagues have disclosed in their Monday, March 23 statement seen by ACI Africa.
Defying the Kenya government’s directive for all travelers arriving in the country to observe a two-week self-isolation, Fr. Richard who is currently in isolation at Mbagathi Hospital, the Nairobi-based government facility for COVID-19 patients, had multiple direct contacts with different people.
“After spending the night in the Parish house, he traveled on Friday the 13th of March to attend a funeral at Ugunja in Siaya County,” the two priests who hosted Fr. Richard have recounted in their Monday, March 23 message, recalling the 430 kilometer-journey he made by public means the very day the government of Kenya announced the first case of COVID-19.
The burial, which took place in Kinda village of St. Joseph’s Ugunja Parish in Kenya’s Kisumu Archdiocese, was of the mother to a Nun of the religious congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Anna (FSSA).
Unlike reports in local media in Kenya that Fr. Richard presided over the funeral Mass and that he visited the FSSA convent at Lwak, ACI Africa has gathered that he concelebrated at the Mass and did not visit the convent