Coronavirus Outbreak: Country singer Sturgill Simpson reveals COVID-19 diagnosis, says he had to wait for a month to get tested

Sturgill Simpson also criticised the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic.

Press Trust of India April 13, 2020 13:51:26 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Country singer Sturgill Simpson reveals COVID-19 diagnosis, says he had to wait for a month to get tested

Country singer Sturgill Simpson has revealed that he is COVID-19 positive but had to wait for a month to get tested for the infection.

The singer said he and his band were touring western Europe in the early months of 2020.

After their gig at Charleston in South Carolina on 10 March, the plug was pulled on their tour and he returned home in Nashville.

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Simpson, 41, posted his picture -- wearing a face mask and laying on a hospital bed -- which was taken on March 13 when he was taken to a local hospital ER with "chest pains, fever, and pre-stroke blood pressure levels".

"I spent an hour listening to a (highly condescending) doctor refuse to test me because I 'did not fit testing criteria' and tell me why it was impossible that I had contracted the virus due to its extreme rarity and that it was not in western Europe yet during that same period (which we now know is incorrect) even though I was told by two nurses that I was the first person their hospital had walk in requesting to be tested," he wrote in a lengthy note on Instagram.

Here is his post


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Ok since they are in short supply these days here are some facts... We were on tour in Western Europe for two weeks late Jan /early Feb..then up and down the southeast/eastern US playing arena shows mid Feb to early March. We played Charleston, SC on March 10 and they pulled the plug on our tour March 12 and I returned home. This photo was taken at 9am on March 13th when my wife took me to our local hospital ER due to chest pains, fever, and pre-stroke blood pressure levels. I spent an hour listening to a (highly condescending) Doctor refuse to test me because I “did not fit testing criteria” and tell me why it was impossible that I had contracted the virus due to its extreme rarity and that it was not in western Europe yet during that same period (which we now know is incorrect) even though I was told by two nurses that I was the first person their hospital had walk in requesting to be tested. Almost one month later on April 6th my wife and I were both tested after finally finding a free drive-thru testing facility outside a National Guard depot. Yesterday on Friday April 10th, after almost one month without any symptoms, I received a call from the Nashville CDC stating that my test resulted in a positive detection for COVID-19 . My wife (who has been by my side since Europe) tested negative. I should also add that the CDC nurse I spoke to yesterday told me that it reacts differently in a case by case basis and the White House briefings and the information they are providing is basically pure speculation causing fear and that the only thing anybody knows is that we don’t really know much yet. All I know is I first felt symptoms a month ago yet Im still positive and contagious and now on quarantine in the dojo until April 19th and really wishing Id taken my wife’s advice and put a bathroom in the floor plans..live and learn. But hey, at least our Government appointed task force headed by a man who does not believe in science is against mass testing and we now have a second task force in the works to “open America back up for business”! Dick Daddy out.

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On 6 April, Simpson and his wife got tested at a drive-through facility in Alabama and four days later, they received word from the Center for Disease Control in Nashville that he had tested positive, while his wife had tested negative.

"I should also add that the CDC nurse I spoke to yesterday told me that it reacts differently in a case by case basis and the White House briefings and the information they are providing is basically pure speculation causing fear and that the only thing anybody knows is that we don't really know much yet," he said.

The singer said he felt the symptoms a month ago and yet is "still positive and contagious".

"... and now on quarantine in the dojo until April 19th and really wishing I'd taken my wife's advice and put a bathroom in the floor plans... live and learn.." he added.

Simpson also called out the Trump administration for its handling of the pandemic.

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