Kathy Griffin said she couldn't get tested for the coronavirus despite exhibiting "unbearably painful symptoms."
Griffin tweeted Wednesday that she was sent to a "COVID-19 isolation ward" at "a major hospital" and was unable to get a test. The 59-year-old comedian, who lives in Los Angeles, included photos from her hospital room. In one shot, Griffin can be seen laying down with a mask. It's unclear if she's still in the hospital or when the pictures were taken. Yahoo Entertainment reached to a representative for Griffin for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
The comedian made the revelation in response to a tweet from President Trump who exclaimed, "the United States has done far more 'testing' than any other nation, by far." Griffin said the president is "lying," and claimed the hospital she was sent to couldn't test her for COVID-19 because of CDC restrictions.
He’s lying. I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms. The hospital couldn’t test me for #coronavirus because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions. #TESTTESTTEST https://t.co/18fRiOBsdN pic.twitter.com/0sU9fHu4r0— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 25, 2020
Griffin has tweeted about the importance of staying home and self-isolating amid the pandemic. For days, she posted her temperature on social media. Last week, she did not have a fever.
#StayHomeSaveLives day 3. My temp is 97.6° my husband’s temp is 97.5°.— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 17, 2020
No #TestKits, no cure yet. Taking your temperature is a little thing you can do. Lots of data says that its very common in #Coronavirus cases to go from asymptomatic to a temperature of 103° in a day! pic.twitter.com/4QczVDX1ux
Already doing it and will continue to post photos of my temperature and my husband’s temperature every day. We will soon be mandated to #StayTheFHome by the city and state authorities. #StayHomeSaveLives https://t.co/eXUziEM2xn— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 16, 2020
Griffin did not elaborate on her "painful symptoms" or when they started.
It's been a difficult time for the entertainer, as her mother, Maggie, passed away on March 17. She has been struggling with what to do about a funeral.
My Mom, the one and only, Maggie Griffin, passed away today. I am gutted. My best friend. I’m shaking. I won’t ever be prepared. I’m so grateful you guys got to be part of her life. You knew her. You loved her. She knew it. Oh, and OF COURSE she went on St Patrick’s Day. 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/l9IZHuIWLb— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 18, 2020
I know there are many of you dealing with this surreal problem. I don’t know how to memorialize Maggie yet. Privately grieving, of course. A virtual memorial? Not sure if that would suit Ms Maggie. Still open to it. 🤷♀️ Everything is changing so fast.— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 20, 2020
I’m so grateful to you guys. https://t.co/BNYaOrkwml pic.twitter.com/GmgT2e242g
Griffin, whose tumultuous history with President Trump has been well documented, frequently criticizes the administration's handling of the pandemic. Earlier Wednesday, she tweeted a link to the World Health Organization's daily press conference calling it "a real" one.
While it's unknown at this time if Griffin has COVID-19, many celebrities have been directly impacted by the virus.
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