Parker McCollum took to social media on Wednesday (August 19) to share the news that he has tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.
The rising star was scheduled to perform a pair of socially distanced, mask mandated shows on Thursday (August 20) and Friday (August 21), which he has now been forced to cancel due to the diagnosis as he quarantines.
“I know there are a lot of you that were expecting to see me in concert this weekend in Manhattan, KS and Stillwater, OK. After several months of being off the road, we were finally getting a chance to play two socially distanced, mask mandated shows Thursday and Friday night.”
McCollum revealed that he couldn’t taste of smell anything during this morning’s breakfast and so he went to get tested and the results came back positive.
“After realizing this morning that I could not taste or smell anything at breakfast, I went to get tested for covid and the results came back showing I was positive for the virus,” McCollum explained. “My deepest apologies to the fans and the venues who were counting on me to perform. I absolutely believe that the shows should go on and I wish more than anything I could be there to play them.”
Can’t say sorry enough for letting y’all down this weekend. All I want to do is be on stage again. Please read this. pic.twitter.com/ycE8Wt8DLo
— Parker McCollum (@ParkerMcCollum) August 20, 2020
He continued to let fans know that he feels great but has to quarantine to protect others and wear a mask.
“I feel great and will self quarantine at the ranch for 14 days. It’s just an absolute bad stroke up luck on the timing of contracting this virus, I want to play so bad. I am truly sorry for not being there this weekend,” McCollum continues. “Please wear your mask and stay healthy. Hope to see you all very soon.”
McCullom isn’t the first country artist to contract the virus. Laine Hardy, Runaway June’s Jennifer Wayne, Sturgill Simpson and Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson were previously diagnosed and have recovered from the illness, which has now infected over 9 million people around the world. Sadly, Joe Diffie and John Prine passed away due to complications with the virus.