Update (4/7/2020): Both Don & LaShelle are feeling a lot better!
On Monday April 6th (just over 3 weeks since Don was diagnosed) we were released from quarantine by the Department of Public Health, as we have been symptom free for several days. (Other than a residual cough that could last for several months according to the medical team that was checking on us.)
Quick backstory: LaShelle was tested a second time for COVID-19 on Monday, March 23rd as she had been having symptoms for a few days. At that time her test came back positive.
Now the only thing we are suffering from is being STIR CRAZY and missing everyone at our regular shows!
We hope and pray that all of you are being safe, practicing social distancing, washing your hands, and using PPE properly (see some links below for information on masks and gloves). After suffering through this horrible virus first-hand, we definitely do not want any of you out there to have to suffer through it.
We can’t wait for all of this to be over, so we can see all of you again at one of our shows. We love doing Name That Tune and Karaoke, and we miss all of you and can’t wait to see you again!
Update from Don (3/20/2020): First off, I would like to personal thank all the people who have reached out to us in a positive and supportive way. I can’t begin to tell you what all your well wishes and prayers mean to me.
Second, I thought I would give everyone an update on my symptoms. What started as a cough with pain in the middle of my chest, and the worst headache I have every had, has had many ups and downs. Outside of the first night (actually Saturday early morning), I have not had a fever, even when I was in the hospital. What I have had was body aches, more headaches, lots of unproductive coughing, pain in the middle of my chest (which is worse when I cough, often feels like there are shards of glass in my lungs moving and scratching), a sore throat (I think from coughing), shortness of breath, severe fatigue, and my eyes hurt like they are going to pop, or like they have been stuck open for days.
Lastly, I would like to say that I have no idea where I caught the virus or when. Because I have autoimmune conditions, I have to take medicine that lowers my immune system, which made me high risk. None of the restaurants where we had our shows are responsible for me or anyone else catching this awful virus, and I would ask everyone to continue to support all the restaurants where we did our shows. I am pretty sure they all have delivery or pick up. They all have great food, and they have all been long standing supporters of our communities.
~ Don Morrison
Update (3/19/2020): LaShelle was tested Monday evening (March 16th) for the coronavirus. Her test results have came back negative, meaning she does not have the virus. We are still both at home under an undefined time of quarantine. We want to thank everyone for the support they have shown on our social media sites and through private messages. We are unable to respond to everyone, but it has kept up our spirits and it is helping with the healing process.
Origional Post (3/16/2020)
Star Entertainment is publicly announcing that Don has tested positive for the Coronavirus. We ask that you DO NOT call the Star Entertainment Business lines currently, as only Don and LaShelle are available to answer those numbers. We are not health professionals and are not qualified to answer any questions regarding the virus.
Star Entertainment has reached out to all businesses that we have served over the past two weeks to inform them of this unfortunate circumstance. We are unable to personally contact all individuals that may have attended our events over the past two weeks, which is why we are putting out this public announcement. We had hoped to have specific information from the Iowa Department of Public Health to share with you, but we are currently waiting to hear from them.
If you or someone you know was in attendance to one of our events since February 28th, you MAY have been exposed to the Caronavirus. If you begin having symptoms, please follow the appropriate procedure for your health care providers, which likely involves a phone or video chat before going in to be seen. Individuals that were in contact with Don since February 28th, may inform their health care provider that they have been in contact with an individual that has tested positive.
We apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused any of our customers and clients. We understand that you may have questions and concerns. We are linking to various sites for information about the virus and what to do if you are having symptoms below.
On Friday, March 13th, just before midnight Don began having a severe headache and a mild cough. Saturday, March 14th, Don had a severe headache, was unable to get out of bed without feeling overly weak and fatigued, unable to speak full sentences without having to struggle for extra breath, and in general was not very responsive. We consulted with a UIHC nurse on the phone and a subsequent video conference with a physician at the University of Iowa according to the current policy. At the end of the video chat it was recommended that Don be seen in the ER of the UIHC. While in the ER, Don was tested for the flu, various respiratory illnesses, and the Caronavirus. His symptoms were severe enough he was admitted into isolation at the hospital. The flu and respiratory illness tests came back negative that same evening. On Sunday, March 15th, around 5pm The Caronavirus test results were received as a positive result. We have no idea where Don may have contracted the virus, as he does not know of anyone that he has been in contact with that was ill or showing symptoms.
Don was not out in public once he began having symptoms. However, it is possible that he contracted the virus at any point up to two weeks prior to showing symptoms. Don was in Hospital isolation until the afternoon of Monday, March 16, 2020. Both Don and LaShelle (she has not been tested yet) are at home in isolation at this time and for the foreseeable future. Don is doing better than he was on Saturday, but he is still very ill.
Keep in mind that Don has Rheumatoid Arthritis and is on immune suppressant medication, so he is at high risk of showing severe symptoms of this virus. We hope that all our customers and clients know that we would never purposefully put anyone at risk, and we are just as concerned and worried about this pandemic as you. We hope to be up and running as soon as we are able and is appropriate for society with the social distancing that is recommended currently. We look forward to seeing and entertaining you again at that time.
We will plan to update this page with any new information as it arrises, and notify of updates on our social media pages.
- Governor Press Release
- Iowa Department of Public Health Coronovirus Info (updated daily)
- Iowa City Coronavirus Information
- 211 hotline (can also dial 211 from phone to ask questions)
- Face Mask Info (from CDC)
- Donning and Doffing Mask and Gloves (how to take on and off)