Remember how Ted Nugent tested positive for COVID-19 last month? Nugent, one of the leading skeptics of the pandemic and the recovery from said pandemic, revealed in a message to fans that he had COVID for 10 days. And now, it's come out that seven days before he recorded that message, Nugent performed at a public maskless event.
On April 19th, 2021, Nugent announced in a video "Everybody told me that I should not announce this. I have had flu symptoms for the last ten days. I thought I was dying. Just a clusterfuck.
"I was tested positive today. I got the Chinese shit. I've got a stuffed up head, body aches. My God, what a pain in the ass. I literally could hardly crawl out of bed the last few days… So I was officially tested positive for COVID-19 today."
Nugent went on to say that he's never been so sick in his entire life, and will get through this with willpower.
"I've been around a long time — 72.4 years, to be exact — and it's been quite an adventure… But I have never been so sick in all my life… I could barely crawl out of bed. And I'm not looking for sympathy; I'm just trying to share a medical emergency during a global medical emergency, and what the Nugent tribe, what this guitar player is doing to counterpunch a COVID-19 positive test this afternoon. And it's gonna be willpower."
Okay, now that we're all caught up, a report in his local paper, the Naples Daily News reveals that three days into his flu-like symptoms, Nugent put fellow Naples residents at risk by visiting and performing at a maskless event at Oakes Seed to Table. The paper specifically notes video shows that Nugent and his wife were not wearing masks at the event.
Nugent was his regular charming self at the event, talking with a local official and performing some music. Naples Daily News offered this transcription of what was said.
"First, God bless America. Let me tell you, first of all, Southwest Florida, one of the safest places to live in the entire state with the lowest crime rate. Why is that? Because all law enforcement and the greatest citizens of this county stick together and we put bad people in jail. And that's where they belong."
Nugent continued, saying how places like Minnesota and Detroit — the "'blue smudges," referring to places that lean more for Democrats — are "releasing the most demonic creatures into our neighborhoods." He asked Marceno what citizens can do about it.
The market made headlines when it refused to adhere to local mask mandates. A county commission meeting eventually voted to unanimously halt any enforcement against the store.
No word on if any other people at the event were infected.