As I scrolled through my social media feeds this past week, I noticed 2 “celebrity” friends who posted about being tested for the Corona Virus. First, I saw an Instagram post from Tiffany Ashton, a singer/ songwriter who I interviewed on my, “What’s Your Story?” show in 2016. I met Tiffany in the summer of 2014 at a local establishment where she was singing. Tiffany lives in North Carolina and Tennessee. But, in the summer she stays on North Hutchinson Island. Her recent Instagram was alarming and although, her test came back a false negative, she wrote about how horrible and tired she felt. Tiffany posted this warning on March 31st.

“Day 15 of symptoms – day 12 since I’ve been tested for coronavirus and quarantined. The call this morning from my sweet doctor said labs have so few reagents to complete the tests that even people who are hospitalized for weeks can’t have their tests completed, and even then there is a decent chance of a false negative. Unbelievable and heartbreaking, all the way around. This virus is an absolute BEAST, I have been in bed and miserable- dry cough, fever, fatigue, ice pick headaches, loss of taste, shortened breath, eye soreness – it’s knocked me completely down and out as a healthy 22 year old. Can’t imagine what it would do to someone high risk -If you are not staying in – STAY IN! SOCIAL DISTANCE! This is not a joke, this is not a vacation, this is serious, so please take it seriously. I love y’all and want you to stay healthy from this. Please keep everyone affected by this in your prayers.”

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A few days later another friend was posting on Facebook about being positive for COVID-19 virus, Tanya Brown, the sister of Nicole Brown Simpson. I met Tanya in 2014 when she spoke at an event on the Treasure Coast. I was serving on a board with Suncoast Mental Health and we invited Tanya to speak about her book, “Finding Peace Amid the Chaos “. She visited the Treasure Coast a few times and we stayed in touch through social media. Below is an interview she gave regarding her illness with the Corona Virus. Please use the information to stay safe. Both of these women were healthy and no previous underlying conditions. The surprising thing is that their symptoms manifested differently. If you have any doubt, just stay home and call your Doctor.

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“Michele Gilewith CBSN interviewed me today for awareness. This is me, raw, sad hoping people will stay at home.Thank you Michele!” Tanya


Plythe Freedman holds a MA in Youth Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. She is a mother of two. Her passion for small businesses and her community has been displayed through her many hours of volunteering and meeting with city officials to assist in promoting Fort Pierce. She is also a former board member of Grace Way Village, a non profit organization that helps clothe and feed disadvantaged children. She is a former member of the Chamber of Commerce and a former Royal Palms member. She served on the RDC advisory board at Suncoast Mental Health Center. And She was appointed by a City Commissioner to serve on the CRA Advisory Committee as the chair. She worked with Frontline For Kids as their public relations specialist and had her own column in the Lincoln Park Main Street Showcase. Plythe's goal is to promote Fort Pierce as a destination for families to visit, live, work and play.

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