Kathy Griffin says she can’t get coronavirus test despite ‘unbearably painful’ symptoms

The 59-year-old comedian said on Twitter that she’d been hospitalized with coronavirus-like symptoms, but couldn’t get tested.

“I was sent to the COVID-19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing unbearably painful symptoms,” wrote Griffin, a frequent critic of President Trump. “The hospital couldn’t test me for coronavirus because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions.”
She was replying to an inaccurate Trump tweet, in which the president falsely claimed the U.S. had tested more people than any other nation. Griffin kept it simple, saying “He’s lying.”

Throughout the U.S., more than 65,000 people have been infected with COVID-19 and more than 900 have died from the disease as of Wednesday evening, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins.

True case numbers are likely much higher, as testing has been largely unavailable throughout the nation as the coronavirus outbreak spreads.

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