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MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 30: Fred Hammond of Commissioned performs onstage during the BET Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at the James L. Knight Center on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for BET)

Legendary award-winning gospel artist Fred Hammond has contracted coronavirus and says he has a ‘better chance to fight it’ than he did had he contracted it months ago.

He disclosed his diagnosis to his fans last Saturday in a four-minute video posted to his social media:

Hammond, a platinum-selling singer and producer, performs both as a solo artist and member of gospel group Commissioned.

Hammond says he has three doctors on “speed dial” and another doctor who cares for him daily while in isolation.

The Grammy-winner stated that he believes that he contracted the virus after he let his “guard down one place” during a gathering without his mask on, however, he contends that he’s always been a “mask wearer.”

Hammond stated that a relative who was with him at the gathering was rushed to hospital with COVID-19, but has since been discharged.

The singer revealed that last summer while touring with Commissioned he was very sick and believes he may not have survived contracting the virus had he been infected at that time, but has a “better chance to fight it” now that he’s healthier. He had been given a clean bill of health during a September doctor’s visit.

Prayers up for Fred Hammond along with all who are fighting and recovering from the current pandemic.

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