Candace Owens says Colorado facility refused to give her a COVID-19 test
"Nothing screams 'I love my local community' quite like refusing to test people who are going to a local event and wish to ensure they are negative and therefore do not spread the virus," Owens replied to the owner of the testing facility.
Candace Owens was refused a COVID-19 test in Colorado because the owner of the testing facility claims the commentator is making the "pandemic worse by spreading misinformation."
Owens, founder of BLEXIT and host of the Daily Wire's TV show 'Candace,' said Wednesday that she was denied a COVID-19 test in Aspen, Colo., after attempting to book one because it was required for her next destination. In an Instagram video, Owens said the test was booked under her married name, Farmer, which she believes means that the testing facility must have looked up her name online to find out who she was before denying her a test.
The email response from the COVID-19 testing facility owner, Suzanna Lee, said that she was denying Owens service because she could not "support anyone who has pro-actively worked to make this pandemic worse by spreading misinformation, politicizing and DISCOURAGING the wearing of masks and actively dissuading people from receiving life-saving vaccinations.
"The only other local testing facility option is the free kiosk by city hall," the email continued, which Owens posted on Twitter. "They mail their tests to Texas and have inconsistent result times, do not take appointments so its walk in only midday weekdays in their back alley.
"My team and myself have worked overtime, to exhaustion, unpaid and underpaid this past year, spending our own capital to ensure that our community remains protected. It would be unfair to them and to the sacrifices we have all made this year to serve you."
In her video explaining the situation, Owens said that while she is not vaccinated, she has never told people to refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and that people who think they need it, should get it. She also explained that if she goes places that require her to wear a mask, she will wear it, and get tested for COVID-19 whenever she goes somewhere that requires it.
Owens responded to the email from Lee, saying that she found the email hilarious, and that "Nothing screams 'this virus isn't political' quite like googling the names of the people who book tests with you and determining on a case by case basis whether or not you will let them comply with your community covid measures.
"Nothing screams 'I love my local community' quite like refusing to test people who are going to a local event and wish to ensure they are negative and therefore do not spread the virus," Owens wrote.
"That nobody stopped you from hitting send on such an emotionally unstable and hysterical e-mail leads me to believe that the people who work for you must love me, and would therefore never deny me this entertainment.
"It's hard to pick just one, but I think the best part of your virtue-signaling rant is the arrogant assumption that you're the only person who can administer a covid test from here to Texas."
On Thursday, Owens tweeted, "UPDATE. It turns out the facility that rejected my ability to take a Covid test receives both state and federal funding. So no— she had NO RIGHT to deny me a covid test when my taxes go toward her operations.
"This situation is currently being escalated to the HHS. Stay tuned!"