Kathy Griffin said Thursday she was home with a stomach infection after previously complaining of “unbearably painful” COVID-19 symptoms and blaming the Trump administration for her being unable to get a test for the disease.
In her latest medical update, Griffin told the Los Angeles Times she had recently returned from vacation in Mexico and experienced intense abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and a cough. She said she was sent to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and placed in its coronavirus isolation ward.
According to Griffin, an x-ray revealed her lungs were clear and another scan showed she had an abdominal infection. A doctor still wanted to administer a test for COVID-19 because some of her symptoms fit those of the respiratory infection caused by the novel coronavirus, the comedian claimed.
But, she said, the doctor explained he couldn’t give her the test because of guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A day earlier, Griffin, 59, a comedian and former “My Life on the D-List” reality show star, reported on Instagram she was in the coronavirus isolation ward of “a major hospital ER.” She said was unable to be tested for COVID-19 “because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions.”
Citing a tweet from President Donald Trump saying the United States had done more coronavirus testing than any nation, Griffin wrote: “He’s lying.”
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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
Griffin has many times in the past drawn attention for her bombastic anti-Trump commentary.
In 2017, she faced national backlash for a photoshoot in which she posed with the president’s fake severed head. She has said the stunt cost her her long-running gig co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve special.
Griffin later apologized for the image. But she has continued to condemn Trump and his supporters. In October, she bitterly complained the “left, right & center left me hanging out to dry regarding the Trump mask photo.”
Globally nearly 700,000 people have been infected and more than 32,000 have died, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracking website. The U.S. death toll has reached 2,119, with nearly 125,000 people having tested positive for the disease, the most of any country.