Sunday, April 12, 2020
– Sturgill Simpson announced on Saturday that he has COVID-19.
"All I know is I first felt symptoms a month ago yet I'm 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," Simpson said on Instagram.
"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"!", Simpson said in a knock of President Trump.
"Ok since they are in short supply these days here are some facts... We were on tour in Western Europe for two weeks late January /early February..then up and down the southeast/eastern U.S. playing arena shows mid February to early March. We played Charleston, S.C. on March 10, and they pulled the plug on our tour March 12, and I returned home."
Sturgill said the hoto was taken on March 13 when his wife took him to their local hospital emergency room 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."
Sturgill postponed his tour from April 20-May 30 and was looking to rescheduling those dates. He indicated on his website that the tour would resume this fall. Simpson was touring behind his most recent album, "Sound & Fury," a rock album in contrast to his first three releases.
COVID-19 has hit the country hard in recent weeks. John Prine and Joe Diffie have died, while Asleep at the Wheel lead singer Ray Benson was diagnosed with the virus.