Grammy-winning Christian singer Sandi Patty said on Tuesday, March 17, that she has tested positive for the new coronavirus.
The 63-year-old Sandi revealed the diagnosis in a Facebook video, saying that she is currently self-quarantining with her husband, Don Peslis, at their home in Oklahoma City.
"Friends, today I received confirmation that I tested positive for COVID-19. I am at home and Don and I are under quarantine for the next 14 days," she said.
"I hadn't felt well for a couple of weeks. So, I had been traveling, and when I got off the road on the March 7-8, I came back to Oklahoma City and have been home since then. Usually, I am at Crossings Community Church during the week and work with a lot of people. I am thankful that I wasn't around anybody at Crossings," she added.
Sandi urged everyone to follow authorities and practice social distancing in order to help limit the spread of the COVID-19.
"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," she added.
"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)," she added.
Dubbed "The Voice" for her wide soprano vocal range and expressive ability, Sandi, born Sandra Faye Patty, has won five Grammys and 31 Dove Awards and sold millions of albums, which include her hit songs, "We Shall Behold Him", "Love In Any Language", and "More Than Wonderful."
Oklahoma City has recorded 29 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, March 18. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 378 people have tested negative, while 110 people are still waiting for their test results.
Other public figures who have tested positive for COVID-19 include Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, and Kevin Durant, all of whom are also currently self-isolating.