Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell took to social media this afternoon to inform his followers that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
“I’ve been laying low for the last couple of days because I could feel my body fighting something unusual. I just got confirmation that I’ve indeed tested positive for the coronavirus,” Mitchell, who is chairman of The Actors Fund, said in his video message. Watch it below.
“The good news is over the last few days I’ve isolated myself. I come to you from the bedroom right now,” added the Broadway vet, who won the Tony for his lead performance in the 1999 musical Kiss Me, Kate and also earned Tony noms from his turn in Ragtime, Man of La Mancha and August Wilson’s King Hedley II.
Joseph P. Benincasa, CEO of The Actors Fund, said, “Our Chairman’s diagnosis, along with those of so many others in our entertainment community, are just more examples of why it is vitally important that we each do everything we can to slow the spread of this virus. We are sending Stokes and his family love and good wishes as he continues on his path to recovery–along with our well wishes to everyone facing this virus.”
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Thankfully, Mitchell seems to be on the mend.
“The other good news is that for the last number of days, probably three or four, every day that has passed has been better than the previous,” he said. “So I’m pretty sure I’m over the hump for this right now,” he said. “I just wanted to let you know so you don’t worry about me.”
Before signing off, he urged his followers to “take care of yourself” and “keep your social distancing.”
As of earlier today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said that the total number of coronavirus cases in the country has risen to over 186,000 with a national death toll of more than 3,600. The World Health Organization is reporting that the total number of confirmed cases has reached 823,626 globally with the death toll at 40,598.
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