Iconic female gospel singer Sandi Patty announced via Instagram on Tuesday that she had tested positive for COVID-19. She also revealed that her husband, Don, tested positive as well. As part of her video, she warned that the coronavirus pandemic “is not fake news.”
Patty broke the news that she had tested positive for COVID-19 in a short video post on her Instagram with the following comment:
“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,” the post read. “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.”
In a separate video posted on Facebook, Patty went into further detail concerning her diagnosis of coronavirus, saying she hadn’t felt good the past couple of weeks while she’s been on the road traveling.
Upon returning home around March 7, she and her husband stayed at home recuperating rather than returning to work at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City.
“Usually I am at Crossings Community Church during the week, and I get to work with a lot of people but as this played out, I’m thankful I wasn’t around anybody at Crossings,” she said in the video. “I was just around my very extroverted husband… just watching TV and sleeping a lot.”
In addition to her posts on Instagram and Facebook, Patty used her reveal video to urge Americans to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously and make the right decisions to quarantine themselves to prohibit the spread of the disease.
“This is not fake news. This is real. This is everything that they say that it is, and we just got to take it seriously. I’m really thankful that Don and I are first taking it seriously for ourselves,” she said.
“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.”
Toward the end of her video, Patty expressed that she was thankful that her church was still pursuing Christian community by streaming services online on Sundays and Wednesdays. Churches all over the country have switched to online services amid the global coronavirus outbreak.
Patty assured her fans and followers that she would keep them updated on her condition in the weeks ahead. She closed by quoting 2 Timothy 2:17: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”