In an Instagram message posted late Tuesday, the 23-time Gospel Music Award winner and five-time Grammy winner noted that she had not felt well for weeks and after coming off the road March 8, she got tested.
Patty wrote on her Instagram: “Friends – Today I received confirmation that I tested positive for COVID19. I am at home and Don and I are under quarantine for the next 14 days. I’m so impressed with how our Health Department handled my case and grateful for their attentiveness. They are working so hard right now to keep us all safe. WE MUST DO OUR PART. This is not fake news. If you are not already practicing social distancing and STAYING HOME, DO SO NOW! This is what we can all do. This is how we stop the spread. God has given us faith, but he’s also given us wisdom. He has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and of a sound mind. I will keep you posted as I can. (Oh! And cough in your elbow, not your hand )”
In a longer Facebook video, she reminded people: “This is not fake news, this is real. It’s everything that they say it is. We just got to take it seriously.” She also advised that staying at home is the right thing to do for those who are sick for themselves and others. “When we make the right choice to quarantine ourselves, not only are we protecting ourselves and thinking about ourselves, it’s the right decision for everybody else too.”
Patty is the latest person in the music community to contract the coronavirus. Producer Andrew Watt, who has worked with Cardi B, Post Malone and more A-listers, revealed Monday that he had tested positive. Though Universal Music Group has yet to confirm, Billboard and a number of other outlets have reported that UMG chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has been hospitalized after testing positive.