Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are quarantining after a possible COVID-19 exposure. According to a post on Brooks’ Facebook page on Thursday (Feb. 11), “Due to someone on their team testing positive for Covid-19 and out of an abundance of caution, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are canceling everything and testing and quarantining for two weeks.”
In an audio statement released by Brooks, the singer explained, “Before you do any major television, they have you do pre-tests for Covid, then they have you do the final test. On the pre-test, our small little group all tested negative. On the final test, one of the people that were in our little group tested positive. And, so, they did a second test – that came back positive. So we decided just not to risk anything.”
Brooks added that he and Yearwood would be hunkering down for two weeks and getting tested every 72 hours. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the one person in this group that has already tested positive,” he said. “[We] hope that’s as far as it goes…and hopefully we get past this thing.” Both singers will be on hand on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), though, in a pre-taped appearance on NBC’s Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music special from 9:00-11 p.m. ET.
Back in July, Brooks said his 24-year-old daughter Allie Colleen had tested positive and had a mild case of the coronavirus. Later that month, Brooks and Yearwood announced that they were postponing a planned July 7 Facebook concert because of potential exposure. “While Garth and Trisha are fine, the Garth/Trisha camp has possibly been exposed to the Covid-19 virus. To be smart about this, they are all quarantining for 2 weeks and thank everyone for their concern,” a press release announcing the postponement read.
Last month, Brooks sang “Amazing Grace” at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Also in January, the country icon was named as one of the artists selected to receive the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors.