UPDATE: A day following Ray Benson's announcement that he tested positive for COVID-19, the Asleep at the Wheel frontman advises those to take the virus seriously. He says 12 days ago he became bedridden with headaches, extreme fatigue and dizziness. After making an appointment with his doctor March 21 he got tested for everything except COVID-19 as the office didn't have any tests.
"I just went back home and hunkered down to see if it went away. Unfortunately, the same symptoms kept occurring/progressing. Being extremely fatigued, just falling asleep all the time, headaches were getting worse," he said in a statement provided by his team. "Went back to Dr on Monday the 30th to do some bloodwork and other tests to try and figure out what was going on. After not finding anything through those, I was finally given a COVID-19 test and was sent home and said they’d call me with the results. So I got a call Tuesday morning saying I tested positive!
"Luckily for me nothing has progressed any farther and feel very lucky and optimistic about my current situation. I am still very fatigued/dizzy and in bed for now. DR says if nothing further comes up like elevated temperature, respiratory, cough etc.. I should be in the clear in the coming weeks ... I am and was very frustrated with the lack of testing available. It took basically testing for everything else to acquire a COVID-19 test ... please take this virus seriously! It’s for real. Please follow the safety guidelines out there, if you think or subscribe to those folks who’s opinion is that this virus isn’t that big of a deal, please consider otherwise. Please use your voice to demand getting testing out to everyone NOW! ... STAY OUT OF THE PUBLIC, hunker down and I look forward to getting out on the road and playing music with my band and seeing everyone ASAP!