Coronavirus: Country singer Joe Diffie tests positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus: Country singer Joe Diffie tests positive for COVID-19
This Aug. 22, 2018, file photo shows Joe Diffie at the 12th annual ACM Honors in Nashville, Tenn. A publicist for Diffie says the country singer has tested positive for COVID-19. Diffie is under the care of medical professionals and is receiving treatment. (Al Wagner/Invision/AP, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country music star Joe Diffie has tested positive for coronavirus, he announced on social media.

In a Friday Instagram post, the Grammy Award-winning singer said he’s being treated for the virus, which had infected about 665,000 people worldwide and more than 124,000 in the United States by Sunday morning.

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“My family and I are asking for privacy at this time,” the statement read. “We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic.”

According to The Associated Press, Diffie, 61, is best known for songs such as “Honky Tonk Attitude” and “Third Rock From the Sun.” He joins a growing list of celebrities and public figures who have tested positive for COVID-19, including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, Harvey Weinstein, Jackson Browne, Placido Domingo, Britain’s Prince Charles and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.