Sturgill Simpson says he fell ill nearly a month ago but couldn’t get tested for COVID-19, despite recent travel in Europe.
In a post on Instagram, Simpson tells his saga of getting sick with coronavirus but being refused a test. He had a fever, chest pain and high blood pressure but says he was told in the emergency room he didn’t fit the testing criteria.
That was March 13, when testing kits were still in short supply.
The country musician got better, but still had concerns. So he and his wife went to a drive-thru testing center in Nashville on April 6th. Weeks after symptoms went away, he tested positive for COVID-19 and is now continuing to quarantine in his “dojo” (semi-explained in this recent post) until April 19.
Nashville’s music community has already been hit by COVID-19. Simpson was close friends with songwriter John Prine, who died after more than a week on a ventilator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“You reminded me so much of my Grandfather it hurt sometimes. I never told you that,” Simpson wrote in an Instagram memorial post.
Country artist Joe Diffie also died from the coronavirus after a very brief illness. Singer-songwriter Kalie Schorr, who is 25, recovered after getting sick in late March but described on Twitter being seriously ill and losing her ability to taste and smell.
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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.