Asleep at the Wheel leader Ray Benson says he tested positive for coronavirus

Ray Benson, leader of Grammy-winning country band Asleep at the Wheel, says he tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Benson said that he felt tired for “about 10 days” and that he unsuccessfully attempted to get tested March 21. He returned to a medical facility Monday and got tested.

The results came back Tuesday morning, Benson said.

He said he hasn’t had all the typical symptoms, such as fever and cough, but had headaches in addition to feeling tired.

Benson, who turned 69 this month, had planned his traditional birthday party concert during South by Southwest, but the event was called off when the festival was canceled. Asleep at the Wheel has been in the midst of celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

On March 19, Benson served as host of a livestream event that replaced this year’s planned Luck Reunion. Benson delivered his contributions from Arlyn Studios in his hometown of Austin, Texas, which had a skeleton crew on hand to help to coordinate livestreams by artists across the country.

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Since then, according to his Facebook post, Benson has “been alone for the most part” and took precautions, including wearing a face mask, regularly washing his hands and using hand sanitizer.

Benson is one of several entertainers who said they tested positive for the coronavirus. Fountains of Wayne member Adam Schlesinger is hospitalized as he battles COVID-19, his lawyer told USA TODAY on Tuesday.

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