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Singer Sandi Patty claims positive coronavirus test

Christian singer Sandi Patty says she has a positive COVD-19 test

By Hank Nuwer

Christian singer Sandi Patty sent a stark message overnight that she has been tested for COVD-19 and received a positive reading.

“Today I received confirmation that I tested positive for COVID19,” she announced to her 47.2 million fans in a Twitter post. “We are quarantined at home…If you are not social distancing and staying home, do so now.”

Patty joins the list of celebrities such as NBA basketball star Kevin Durant and actor Tom Hanks that received coronavirus positive tests.

No word yet (that I know of) from a medical professional to confirm the claim.


Hello: I will continue to cover hazing news, but hopefully there will be limited news in this time of national and international crisis due to the coronavirus. Here in Indiana, I see that popular Christian singer Sandi Patty tweeted overnight that she has the virus. (Get well soon, Sandi!) I also see online that thousands of students, newly released from classes, are flocking to the beaches for Spring Break–and caution be thrown to the winds. My family includes a health professional Ph.D. who works for W.H.O. and a hospital worker in Italy.  I fear Florida and Texas and other beach areas will be the next focus of this terrible virus. Please urge your friends and children to stay home this one year. –Hank Nuwer

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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