Asleep At The Wheel’s Ray Benson Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Ray Benson.

Asleep At The Wheel’s Ray Benson has revealed he has tested positive for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, sharing the diagnosis on Tuesday (March 31) on social media.

Benson noted that he went to be tested on March 21 after feeling tired for several days. He says no tests were available at that time, so he returned home. He was able to be tested yesterday (March 30) and received a call this morning saying he had tested positive for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

“Hoping for the best don’t have the usual symptoms but feel tired head ache [sic] no fever no cough!!” he said via a post on Facebook. “I’ll be ok sure do miss playin [sic] music and seein [sic] everyone!”

He also issued a warning to others to stay safe, noting that he “wore mask washed hands used hand sanitizer still got it!”

Benson is only the latest artist to reveal he has contracted the virus. On Sunday, country artist Joe Diffie died from complications with COVID-19, while songwriting legend John Prine has been hospitalized with the virus. “F U Forever” singer Kalie Shorr was also diagnosed with COVID-19.

According to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, there are more than 177,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and more than 3,400 deaths in the United States to date.


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