Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson Diagnosed With Coronavirus

Ray Benson; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for A+E Networks
Ray Benson; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for A+E Networks
Ray Benson; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for A+E Networks

Asleep at the Wheel co-founder and frontman Ray Benson has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The singer, who is also an actor and voice actor, detailed his diagnosis in a Facebook post on Tuesday morning (March 31), revealing that he had been feeling the effects of the illness for several days before he was able to get tested.

“Well folks, the bad news I’ve contracted the coronavirus,” he wrote. “Been feeling tired for about 10 days! Went to be tested on the 21st! No tests so went home!”

On Monday (March 30), he went back and was able to get a test. The results came in less than 24 hours later.

“First call this mornin from lab sayin you got it,” the 69-year-old shared.

Benson says he’s “hoping for the best.”

“[I] don’t have the usual symptoms but feel tired headache no fever no cough,” he explained.

He went on to share that he missing performing and “seeing everyone.”

Benson closed his post by urging the public to take the virus seriously.

“I have been alone for the most part and wore mask washed hands used hand sanitizer still got it,” he said.

Benson is the latest artist to go public with his coronavirus diagnosis. On Monday, Kalie Shorr revealed that she had contracted the virus. Additionally, John Prine remains hospitalized with COVID-19, while ’90s country star Joe Diffie sadly passed away due to complications with coronavirus.

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