Brandon Hoover — the guitarist of Dallas, Texas, metalcore veterans Crown the Empire — took to social media to reveal that he has tested positive for coronavirus. According to Hoover, he experienced flu-like symptoms that eventually compelled him to visit the emergency room where he was diagnosed with COVID-19. The guitarist said that he feels “back to normal” now but will remain self-quarantined for at least two weeks as he has been advised. Crown the Empire released their latest album and fourth overall, Sudden Sky, in 2019 and have been on the road since, including playing shows earlier this year in Asia, Hawaii and South Africa. The guitarist theorized that he may have picked up the virus while touring abroad. See Hoover’s full statement below.
“Welp … I tested positive for the Coronavirus,” the guitarist wrote. “I’ve been told to self-quarantine for 14 days (or until further notice). I believe I contracted it through traveling to all these different countries over the past couple of months, but honestly who the fuck knows, it could of happened anywhere. About a week ago I started getting a sore throat, congestion, and was more tired than usual. Then all of a sudden I had severe body aches and a fever of 102 degrees. I was in bed for a couple of days sleeping in puddles of my own sweat. Honestly I thought I just had the flu! So I went to the emergency room and got tested for that as well as the Coronavirus and got my results back last night confirming that I have it. Currently I feel back to normal and most of the symptoms have passed. If anything changed I’ll let y’all know. I advise everyone to keep yourselves informed, stay isolated, drink lots of water and wash your hands! I love you all. Please stay safe out there.”
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— Brandon Hoover (@BrandonCTE) March 16, 2020