“They tested me again today... and hopefully will return a NEGATIVE result. Fingers crossed!!!” he added.
The TV personality said while he is optimistic his most recent test will return a negative result, he is disappointed health regulations suggest he is ok to go back into the public.
“The suggestion is .... that 3 days after the last symptom ...people should ‘assume’ that they’re over this thing ... and ‘proceed with caution’,” Richard wrote.
“I find this totally unacceptable and irresponsible! I completely understand the fact that the last thing the Health Dept wants to do is spend days retesting people like me... and God knows that I don’t want to soak up resources...
“But I don’t see how I can walk out my front door until I have a clean ‘bill of health’!
“I know the health system is fighting a huge battle ... and resources are stretched ...but in clear conscience ... I can’t put others at risk ... until I’m assured that I’m not POSITIVE anymore,” he concluded.
Richard, who also shared the sad update on his Instagram Story, has been in self-isolation since he first announced that he had tested positive for the virus on March 12.
While it remains unclear where Richard picked up the virus, he did “briefly” meet singer Rita Wilson, who also tested positive, backstage at her Sydney Opera House concert on March 7.
Rita and her husband, actor Tom Hanks, have been in isolation since they both tested positive for coronavirus on March 12, and are now recovering at a Gold Coast rental home.