Sturgill Simpson has tested positive for coronavirus.
The 41-year-old country singer took to Instagram to reveal that he received his diagnosis on Friday (April 10), after nearly a month of not showing symptoms.
However, Sturgill said that back in early March he was rushed to the emergency room after experiencing chest pains, a fever, and what he says were “pre-stroke blood pressure levels.”
“Ok since they are in short supply these days here are some facts,” Sturgill wrote. “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.”
Sturgill went on to say that despite experiencing all of these symptoms, a doctor “refused” to test him.
“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,” Sturgill wrote.
“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 in Alabama,” Sturgill added. “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.”
Sturgill continued: “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.”
Despite not having any symptoms anymore, Sturgill is still under quarantine for another week.
“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,” Sturgill concluded. “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.”