Since Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson confirmed their diagnoses in Australia toward the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the virus has taken well over 350,000 American lives, and there are an estimated 89.8 million cases of infection worldwide. From essential workers to celebrities to the highest ranks of the government, it's clear that anyone is susceptible. Here are all of the most prominent faces who have either announced that they tested positive or, sadly, lost their lives to the disease:
The Olympic gymnast, who is pregnant with her second child, revealed on Instagram Stories on January 31, 2021 that she had tested positive for COVID-19. “Not going to lie…I'm nervous knowing I'm positive…my body is just exhausted. I don't want to get my family sick,” she wrote, per Entertainment Tonight.
“This morning I tested positive for Covid 19,” he captioned a video on Twitter on Monday, March 16. “I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic.”
On March 21, Elba’s wife, Sabrina Dhowre, revealed she also tested positive for COVID-19.
“As soon as I heard that Idris was potentially exposed, I was on my way anyway and I wanted to be with him. I think that’s an instinct as a wife; you just want to go and take care,” Dhowre told Oprah Winfrey for Oprah Talks COVID-19 on Apple TV+. “We didn’t change the way we interacted. I could have made a decision to put myself in a separate room or maybe stay away, and I’m sure people are making those decisions; they’re tough decisions to make. But I made the decision to want to be with him and still touch him.”
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Hanks first shared the news on Instagram that he and his wife tested positive for coronavirus in March. “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too,” Hanks wrote in his initial post. “To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”
The couple—who sign each post with “Hanx”—have been keeping us updated every step of the way.
According to new photos from March 27, Hanks and Wilson have returned to L.A., looking happy and well.
The Quantum of Solace actor revealed she has tested positive in an Instagram post on Sunday, March 16. “Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus. I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously,” she wrote in the caption.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s office reported last week that the P.M.’s wife, Sophie, has tested positive for COVID-19. “She is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild,” Trudeau’s office said in a statement. Justin Trudeau is currently taking doctors’ advice by undergoing 14 days of isolation.
NBA player Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tweeted last week that he had tested positive for COVID-19. In his original post, he apologized for touching every microphone and recorder in front of him at a media event earlier this month as a joke.
He has since shared his progress on the official NBA Twitter account, saying he is feeling “a little better every day.”
Gobert’s Utah Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell has also tested positive. In an interview with Good Morning America on Monday, Mitchell said he is “asymptomatic.”
“I could walk down the street. If it wasn’t public knowledge that I was sick, you wouldn’t know it,” he added. “I think that’s the scariest part about the virus—you may seem fine, be fine, and you never know who you may be talking to, who they’re going home to.”
The Chelsea soccer team player tested positive for COVID-19 last week. “As you may be aware I had the virus for the last couple of days, which I have recovered from,” he said in a video posted on Twitter on Friday, March 13.
“Thank you for all your good wishes,” he wrote in the Tweet. “As I said in the video I’m feeling good and hope to see you all soon!!”
Kristofer Hivju, known for playing Tormund Giantsbane on HBO’s Game of Thrones, revealed on Instagram that he’s tested positive for COVID-19 and will be self-isolating at home “for as long as it takes.”
“[My family and I] are in good health,” he wrote in the post’s caption. “I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading. Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals. Please take care of each other, keep your distance, and stay healthy!”
Rachel Matthews, who voiced the character of Honeymaren in Frozen 2, announced on her Instagram Stories that she had tested positive for COVID-19 and has been in quarantine for the past week. “Unsure of what the next step is (been getting mixed info so will keep you posted) but obviously will remain in quarantine until told to do otherwise,” she wrote. “I’m feeling better, but I will be posting some info that I hope will be helpful to some. Please feel free to reach out and ask me any questions.”
She continued, “I really would love to help in any way I can. Again, let’s please be mindful of our decisions—now is the time to be smart and responsible. Let’s take care of one another!!”
Kevin Durant, basketball player
Charlotte Lawrence, singer
Indira Varma, actor
The Game of Thrones star revealed her diagnosis on Instagram. Read her post, below.
Prince Albert of Monaco
According to the Independent, palace officials confirmed Prince Albert tested positive for coronavirus.
Daniel Dae Kim
On March 19, the Always Be My Maybe and former Hawaii Five-0 star announced he has tested positive for the coronavirus. He has been staying put in his Hawaii home since last Sunday and calls his new facial hair look “quarantine chic.”
“Looks like I’ll be ok, but I wanted [to] share my journey with you in the hopes that you find it informative or helpful,” he added in his caption. “Hope you all stay safe, calm, and above all, healthy.”
The Boston Celtics guard announced on Twitter that he had tested positive for COVID-19. “I was tested 5 days ago and the results came back tonight, which were positive,” he said in a video. “I’ve been self-quarantined since the test, thank goodness. COVID-19 must be taken w the highest of seriousness. I know it’s a #1 priority for our nation’s health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP.”
The head coach of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints told ESPN on March 19 that he had tested positive. He said he is resting at home and feeling fatigued. “This is not just about social distancing,” he said. “It’s shutting down here for a week to two weeks. If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it. Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying. It’s not complicated to do what they’re asking of us. Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact.”
The 28-year-old former Bachelor revealed on Twitter that he tested positive for COVID-19. “This virus doesn’t care how old or healthy you are,” he wrote in the caption. “Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones and stay home.” In the video, he pointed out that he is relatively young and in shape and still struggling with the virus. “It’s been kicking my ass, just to put it bluntly,” he said.
The Bravo legend revealed his diagnosis on Instagram on Friday, March 20.
The Younger actor posted about her diagnosis on Instagram on Saturday, March 22.
Per CNN, the heir to the British throne has tested positive for coronavirus but his wife, Camilla, is negative. “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual,” a statement from Clarence House reads. “The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus. In accordance with government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland. The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing. It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.”
The statement also said the queen remains “in good health.”
On March 30, Clarence House announced Charles was out of self-isolation, while Camilla would remain so until the end of the week, per government guidelines.
It was announced on March 27 that the U.K.’s prime minister has tested positive. “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” he tweeted, while continuing to urge people to stay home. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.”
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo announced on Twitter on Tuesday, March 31, that he had tested positive for coronavirus and is quarantining at home. Cuomo, along with his brother, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, has become one of the faces of the coronavirus pandemic. At his daily briefing on Tuesday, Governor Cuomo shared his brother’s diagnosis, adding with his usual color commentary, “He’s young, in good shape, strong—not as strong as he thinks—but he’ll be fine.”
Schlesinger, the co–front man of band Fountains of Wayne, had been hospitalized and on a ventilator after contracting the coronavirus, his attorney told Variety. The musical artist—a 10-time Emmy nominee for his work as a songwriter and musical producer on The CW’s Crazy Ex Girlfriend—sadly died from complications of the virus on April 1.
The actor-comedian-writer (and wife of Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulus) revealed she had tested positive in an Instagram post. “I have tested positive for the Coronavirus. I’ve never been sicker. High fever. Horrific body aches. Heavy chest,” she wrote. “I’m quarantined from my family. This is pure misery. #stayhome.”
The singer-songwriter revealed she had coronavirus on her Instagram Stories but says she is now feeling better. “I had it, just so you know. I’m fully recovered, just so you know,” she said. “And I am just thinking about all the people who are walking through this really tricky time and sending a lot of love and just being really grateful for every easy breath and every day that I get to be walking around. I’m really quiet right now and will probably continue to be quiet, just sort of taking all of this in and having a lot of feelings, as I do.”
The central figure of Netflix’s hit Tiger King docuseries has been hospitalized with coronavirus complications, the New York Post reported on April 2.
The CNN anchor announced on Friday, April 3, that she tested positive for coronavirus. “I am OKAY,” she posted on Instagram. “It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon. Chills, aches, fever.”
Pop star Pink wrote on Instagram Friday, April 3, that her family starting showing symptoms of coronavirus, and she tested positive. “My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative. It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible,” she wrote.
The author of the Harry Potter series opted not to be tested (COVID-19 tests are still hard to come by and many have suggested holding tests for those suffering from severe symptoms), but she took to Twitter to tell her fans that she thinks she had likely suffered from the virus for the past two weeks and has made a full recovery.
“Thank you for your kind and lovely messages,” she tweeted after her announcement.
Kenneth “Babyface” Edmunds
The R&B singer and producer revealed on Twitter he and his family had tested positive for the coronavirus. “I would like to warmly thank everyone for all the birthday wishes today,” he said. “I feel so blessed to be able to celebrate another birthday. I tested positive for Covid19, as did my family. It’s an incredibly scary thing to go through my friends.” But he says they are doing well and are “on our way back to full health.”
The Good Morning America cohost announced he had tested positive, weeks after his wife, Ali Wentworth, confirmed she had COVID-19. He said he wasn’t surprised by his test results but that he’s been asymptomatic. “I’ve never had a fever, never had chills, never had a headache, never had a cough, never had shortness of breath,” he said. “I’m feeling great.”
Sam Smith chose not to get tested but insists they are recovering from COVID-19. “I didn’t get tested, but I know I have it,” they said in a FaceTime interview with Zane Lowe, according to People. “I’m just going to assume that I did because everything I’ve read completely pointed to that. So yeah, I think I definitely had it.”
Sam added that their sister also experienced symptoms, so they isolated together for three weeks to protect the rest of their family. “I’ve got an older nan, so we didn’t want to risk anything,” they said. Thankfully, Sam assured fans that they’re feeling better and working on new music.
On May 19, the Politician actor revealed to Vulture that she had tested positive for COVID-19. Deutch tested positive “before the shutdown,” she said. “I continued testing positive for a month, which is longer than they’re saying you’re supposed to. I’m okay now. I’m so grateful for my health and I also feel guilty, in a way, for making it out okay.”
Broadway star Nick Cordero died on July 5, following more than 90 days battling COVID-19. “God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth,” Cordero’s wife, Amanda Kloots, shared on Instagram.
In an interview with Forbes discussing his presidential “platform,” published on July 8, West revealed he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in February, although he does not believe in fighting the virus with a vaccine…for some reason.
“It’s so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralyzed…. So when they say the way we’re going to fix COVID is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious,” he said. “That’s the mark of the beast. They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven. I’m sorry when I say they, the humans that have the devil inside them. And the sad thing is that, the saddest thing is that we all won’t make it to heaven, that there’ll be some of us that do not make it. Next question.”
So what does West believe the cure will be? “We pray. We pray for the freedom. It’s all about God. We need to stop doing things that make God mad,” he said. Okay.
On July 24, Doja Cat revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 during an interview with Capital XTRA. “I got COVID. Honestly, I don’t know how this happens, but I guess I ordered something off of Postmates and I don’t know how I got it, but I got it,” she said, per Vulture. “I’m okay now. It was a four-day symptom freakout, but I’m fine now.”
Back in March, Doja Cat joked about the virus, seemingly mocking those who took the national health crisis seriously. “I’m gonna get corona and then I’m gonna get a Corona, ’cause I don’t give a fuck about corona, bitch,” she said on Instagram at the time. “It’s a flu! Y’all are pussies.”
On July 31, Lena Dunham took to Instagram to share her “Covid Story.” Swipe through to hear about her journey with coronavirus, which started in mid-March.
The Who’s the Boss star took to Instagram on August 6 to share her experience with COVID-19. Despite testing negative twice, Milano says she suffered from a multitude of coronavirus that left her sicker than she’s ever been in April. “I had never been this kind of sick. Everything hurt. Loss of smell. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe,” she recounted. “I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. I was confused. Low grade fever. And the headaches were horrible.”
After living with symptoms for four months, Milano shared that she tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. “I just want you to be aware that our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers,” the actor warned.
The actor announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on his Instagram feed. CNN translated his caption.
“Hello everyone, I want to make public that today, August 10, I am forced to celebrate my 60th birthday following quarantine, having tested positive with Covid-19 disease,” he wrote. “I would like to add that I feel relatively well, just a little more tired than usual and confident that I will recover as soon as possible following the medical indications that I hope will allow me to overcome the infectious process that I suffer and that is affecting so many people around the planet.
“I will take advantage of this isolation to read, write, rest and continue making plans to begin to give meaning to my 60th year to which I arrive full of enthusiasm,” he continued. “A big hug to everyone.”
Succession’s patriarch, Brian Cox, revealed to James Corden that he had COVID-19 but “never felt anything.”
“I’m a diabetic, and I went from my usual bloods that I usually have between months,” Cox told Corden. “I went there, and they took my bloods, and they took the COVID test. Then my doctor called me and said, ‘Oh, congratulations. You’ve had it.’”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
The Rock posted a video message on Instagram to let his fans know he, his wife (Lauren Hashian), and their two young daughters all tested positive for COVID-19. He says they contracted the virus from family friends.
“I wish it was only me who tested positive, but it wasn’t,” he said. “It was my entire family, so this one was a real kick in the gut. But I am happy to tell you guys that we as a family are good. We’re on the other end of it, we’re on the other side. We’re no longer contagious, and we are—thank God—we are healthy.”
He urged people to not let their “guard down” and to be diligent about wearing masks. “The other thing is wear your mask. We have been in quarantine for months. We wear our masks every day,” Johnson said. “This baffles me that some people out there, including some politicians, will take this idea of wearing mask and make it a political agenda. It has nothing to do with politics. Wear your mask. It is a fact, and it is the right thing to do. And it’s the responsible thing to do.”
Robert Pattinson (reportedly)
“A member of The Batman production has tested positive for COVID-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused,” Warner Bros. shared in a statement. However, Vanity Fair reportedly confirmed through “highly placed” sources that the “member” is Pattinson.
The comedian opened up about being tested “12 times” to Dr. Anthony Fauci in a recent YouTube video on the star’s page.
“I was working on a movie, and someone in the movie contracted coronavirus,” Haddish told Fauci, per People. “I was not in direct contact with them, but they sent all of us home; we stopped the movie. They suggested I go get tested. I got tested, got the results back two days later. They said I didn’t have the coronavirus.”
Then she found out another person she knew contracted the coronavirus. “Get the tests the second time. I’m not feeling any symptoms or anything, and it comes back like two days later, and they said I did have the coronavirus,” she said. “Then I went and tested again, didn’t have the virus, and then I got tested for antibodies, they said I had antibodies. That was three months ago, I’ve been tested 12 times now because I’ve been working and everything.”
Haddish added that she got tested one more time for the virus and the antibodies and came up negative for both. “So I think I’m superhuman.”
The fitness trainer says she contracted COVID-19 from a close friend. “I would love to tell you that’s not the case, but the reality is I literally [let] my guard down for an hour with one of my best friends who does my hair and makeup and got it,” she told Fox News during an interview. “It’s just that simple.
“If you’re not in a mask and that person is not in a mask, and they have COVID and have no idea—because, by the way, I had no idea that I had it for six days [and] my friend had no idea that she had it when she gave it to me—anticipate that you will likely get it in an environment like that,” she continued, warning against going to a public gym to work out.
Vivica A. Fox
Fox was forced to bow out of cohosting Live From the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards pre-show special after testing positive for COVID-19. “I am terribly sorry I cannot be with my E! family tonight! Unfortunately, I have tested positive for coronavirus. So, in an abundance of caution, I am isolating myself at home,” Fox said in a statement, per BET. “During these unprecedented times, it’s more important than ever that we follow all safety and health rules and guidelines to protect ourselves and each other.”
Fox isn’t the only one. “As I go into my 20th year on the E! red carpet I have to say I do not take missing an award show lightly, but unfortunately this year is just so different,” she revealed during the stream, per the Hollywood Reporter. She found out she was positive due to E!’s “very strict testing guidelines.”
“Now as much as I didn’t want to hear that, I’m very thankful I heard it before I traveled and possibly could have exposed other people,” she said, sharing that her husband Bill and son Duke also tested positive and are doing well. “I just want to say that I’m wishing you all the best and please protect yourself and protect those around you. Take good care and I’ll see you on the next red carpet.”
President Donald Trump
First Lady Melania Trump
Not surprisingly, FLOTUS Melania Trump was also infected with the virus, though it seems her case was milder than her husband’s, or at least didn’t require hospitalization or extensive treatment. Thankfully, though their son Barron did at one point test positive for the disease, he reportedly never experienced any symptoms and has since tested negative.
Kellyanne Conway (and others in the Trump circle)
Former White House communications director Hope Hicks was the first to be diagnosed with COVID-19, before the president, former counselor Kellyanne Conway, and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, as well as others in close proximity to the administration, tested positive.
It’s believed Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination ceremony at the Rose Garden acted as a super-spreader event. Though all attendees tested negative at pre-event screenings, attendee Rev. John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, later tested positive, as have others who were there. Notably, many chose to forgo face masks and social distancing precautions at the event.
The 81-year-old fashion designer and founder of the eponymous Kenzo label, passed away on October 4. His spokesperson confirmed his death was a result of COVID, per CNN.
“It is with great sadness that I have learned the passing away of Mr Kenzo Takada. His amazing energy, kindness, talent and smile were contagious,” Kenzo’s creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista was quoted on Instagram. “His kindred spirit will live forever.”
On October 28—just a day after sister Kim Kardashian West was dragged online for hosting a private island party during a pandemic—it was confirmed Khloé tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year. “Just found out that I do have corona,” she says in an exclusive Keeping Up With the Kardashians clip from E!. “I have been in my room. It’s gonna be fine, but it was really bad for a couple days.”
She continues, “I suffer from migraines, but this was the craziest headache. I wouldn’t say it was a migraine. The coughing, my chest would burn when I would cough.” Khloé also suffered from vomiting, shaking, and hot and cold flashes. “Let me tell you, that shit is real,” she says. “But we’re all gonna get through this.”
The U.K. paper The Sun reported in early November that Prince William, the second in line to the throne, secretly battled coronavirus back in April, around the same time his father, Prince Charles, was diagnosed and went into isolation. He reportedly kept the news private because he didn't want to “alarm the nation.”
“William was hit pretty hard by the virus—it really knocked him for six,” a source told the paper. “At one stage he was struggling to breathe, so obviously everyone around him was pretty panicked. After seeing medics and testing positive—which was obviously quite a shock given how fit and healthy he is—William was determined it should be business as usual though. He was determined to fulfill his engagements.”
Kensington Palace has yet to comment on the report.
On November 9, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson tested positive for coronavirus after attending an Election Night party at the White House. The news was confirmed to CNN by his deputy chief of staff Coalter Baker. Carson now joins White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and four other Trump associates who tested positive last week. According to CNN, Carson was recently spotted maskless at a Trump rally in Michigan.
Giannikopoulos is one of the newest suitors on Tayshia Adams’s season of The Bachelorette.
On November 10 he revealed his positive diagnosis on Instagram. “The past 24 hours have truly been some of the hardest in my life. Yesterday I tested positive for COVID and have begun two-week quarantine,” he wrote. “I am going through a lot of emotions at the moment with so many thoughts in my head as to how this happened. I felt lousy for a few days but didn’t believe I would contract the virus when I have been wearing a mask in public, washing and sanitizing hands regularly, and following social distancing protocol during work. This is an example no matter who we are or what we do, we are all vulnerable.”
He also revealed he got into a car crash after learning of his diagnosis but is doing okay.
During an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Grant revealed he believes he and his wife contracted the coronavirus back in February and that they recently tested positive for antibodies.
“It started as a very strange syndrome where I kept breaking into a terrible sweat; it was like a poncho of sweat, embarrassing really,” he said. “And then my eyeballs felt about three sizes too big and the feeling as though some enormous man was sitting on my chest—Harvey Weinstein or someone.
“And then I was walking down a street one day, and I thought, I can’t smell a damn thing, and you start to panic because by then people had just started to talk about this as a symptom,” he continued.
The Broadway actor revealed he had coronavirus back in March. “Me. it was like an awful flu that lingered for 3 weeks or so,” he wrote on Twitter, according to People. “Thankfully made a full recovery. so many haven’t been as lucky and will continue not to be. #WearAMask.”
Donald Trump Jr.
Seven weeks after the so-called Rose Garden Massacre, news broke that the president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., had tested positive for the disease. A spokesperson told ABC News that he is “quarantining out at his cabin” and has “been completely asymptomatic so far.” Early Saturday morning the president tweeted that his son “is doing very well.”
Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip
Sweden’s Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a royal funeral, per People. They reportedly began experiencing symptoms on November 25 and are currently quarantining with their children. “They feel relatively well under the circumstances,” said the royal court’s director of the information and press department, Margareta Thorgren, per Reuters.
The singer revealed in November 2020 that she has tested positive for COVID-19. “In the past few weeks, I have been one of the victims of COVID,” Estefan said, according to People. “The reason I’m sharing this is that I want you to know how highly contagious this is—I wear my mask everywhere. I went to a restaurant outdoors with some family—three, four of us—and everybody was negative. We wore masks all the way to the table.”
The Formula One driver announced to his more than 21 million Instagram followers on December 1 that he had tested positive and would not be able to participate in an upcoming race. He said he is suffering only from mild symptoms and is currently isolating.
The Real Housewife of Beverly Hills star confirmed she and her 20-year-old daughter, Sophia Umansky, tested positive for COVID-19. “Some of you may have heard I have COVID,” she wrote via Instagram December 5. “I got it after these photos were taken.”
Richards added, “Since I was diagnosed I have been separated from my family in order to keep them healthy. Unfortunately, Sophia also got it. We will stay in isolation until it’s safe to see the family and others again. I can’t wait to hug them.”
President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that his 76-year-old personal and campaign lawyer has tested positive for COVID-19. “@RudyGiuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus,” he wrote on December 6. “Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!”
On December 10, the talk show host tweeted out a note revealing she has tested positive for COVID-19. “Hi Everyone, I want to let you all know that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” she shared in the post. “Fortunately, I am feeling fine right now.”
DeGeneres went on to assure fans that everyone she’s had contact with has been notified and she’ll be back to work after the holidays. “Please stay happy and safe,” she closed out her statement. “Love, Ellen.”
Nancy Grace, longtime CNN host who now hosts a crime series on HLN, confirmed through representatives on December 12 that her family had all tested positive for the virus, including herself, her 88-year-old mother, her husband, and their teenage twins. Per Deadline, the family is isolating at home, except for Grace’s mother, who has been hospitalized.
On December 12, Ashanti announced via Instagram that she has COVID-19: “Hey y’all, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I tested positive for COVID-19. I’m ok and not in any pain. I’m actually down to do the verzuz from my house … we’re trying to figure it all out!!!”
The Talk cohost announced on December 14 that she had tested positive. “I wanted to share that I’ve tested positive for COVID-19,” she wrote on Instagram. “After a brief hospitalization, I’m recuperating at a location away from Ozzy (who has tested negative) while The Talk is on scheduled hiatus. Everyone please stay safe and healthy.”
Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick
“Unfortunately, this is our Christmas card this year,” Kaitlyn Bristowe captioned a photo with boyfriend Jason Tartick, announcing they both have COVID-19. “Now, like many, we will spend Christmas by ourselves. We just want to let everyone know that we thought we were being safe, but covid is bigger than us.”
“Shame on us, we didn’t stick to the plan,” Tartick added alongside his own Instagram announcement. “You just can never be too cautious and careful. There’s no outthinking this god awful virus, lesson learned.”
“D’Andra Simmons has tested positive for COVID and has been admitted to the COVID ward at UT Southwestern Hospital in Texas,” the Real Housewives of Dallas star’s rep told People on December 28. “Her oxygen levels were borderline and she will start Remdesivir. At this time we ask you to respect her and her family’s privacy and to send your prayers for a speedy recovery.”
Best known as the fastidious Angela Martin on The Office, actor Angela Kinsey revealed on Tuesday, December 29, that she had tested positive for the disease. She said she was not surprised, given that her husband, daughter, and two stepsons had all tested positive with some symptoms earlier in the week. While Kinsey had tested negative since their diagnosis and was doing her best to quarantine away from her family, she says she started feeling ill, which prompted her to get tested again, and this time it came back negative.
Dr. Drew Pinsky
Celebrity physician Drew Pinsky announced on December 29 that he had been suffering from COVID for a few days, sharing his symptoms and treatments online. Though Pinsky was an early and vocal skeptic, downplaying the severity of the coming pandemic in the media, he later apologized, admitting he “got it wrong.”
Wells, who played the chipper Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island, passed away from COVID-19 complications at the age of 82. Deadline reports that the actor died on December 29 in Los Angeles. After being crowned Miss Nevada and competing in Miss America in 1959, she delighted fans on Gilligan’s Island and other productions for decades. Wells was recently seen in an episode of Netflix’s Love on the Spectrum, when Michael, one of the show’s stars, meets her at a fan convention. She will be missed.
Larry King was hospitalized in Los Angeles for COVID-19, according to CNN. Though this was first reported on January 2, a source says the 87-year-old host has been at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for over a week without visits from his three sons, due to hospital protocols. Sadly, on January 23, it was announced that King died at 87 years old.
On Friday, January 9, the Canadian singer-songwriter Claire Boucher—known as Grimes—announced that she has “finally” tested positive for COVID-19. “Finally got COVID but weirdly enjoying the DayQuil fever dream. 2021,” the new mom and girlfriend of Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote on Instagram Stories, per Yahoo.
She posted on Janaury 13 that she has coronavirus, telling fans that she’s “still recovering” but “doing good.”
The Good Morning America host reportedly contracted COVID-19 in January 2021, sources tell TMZ.
The former 9-1-1: Lone Star actor revealed she tested positive on New Year’s Eve. “Reunited with my loves … what a wild 2 weeks 🙈🦠🧤😷,” she wrote on Instagram alongside an image with daughters Lula Rose and Sailor Gene. “There are so many strange elements to this sickness. It effects [sic] everyone so completely differently. I was so lucky and had corona light🍺 as my momma @realbebebuell called it 🤣 but It floored me for 10 days in my bed.”
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