Celebrities Who Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus
See the stars who have contracted the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19
The Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress revealed on Dec. 31 that she tested positive for COVID-19, and opened up about her battle with the virus in a candid social media post.
"Hey haven’t been on here for a little, wanted to give an update…," Bennet began a statement posted to her Instagram Story. "On Christmas morning I woke up with a high fever, and unable to breathe. I got tested, and I’m positive for COVID-19 … it’s been a rough week to say the least."
Bennet said that multiple members of her family also contracted the virus, but noted, "We've all been battling it out together. We’re still not in the clear, but as of now we’re doing…okay."
"I'm sharing this because I want to iterate to anyone who still may not be taking covid seriously, please please please f------ do," she added. "Covid sucks. It just really sucks."
"I pride myself on staying healthy, I always wore a mask, social distanced, and took all the necessary precautions and I still got VERY sick. And I’m one of the lucky ones. I repeat! I’m young, healthy, and diligent about my health and this virus still knocked me the f--- down and continues to do so," she continued. "Even trying to just write this out is proving to be exhausting. If it can happen to me it can happen to you."
The actress closed out her message by imploring those reading to continue taking the virus seriously, and told her fans to stay safe in the New Year.
"So I guess I’m on here just trying to remind anyone whose reading this, that yes 2020 is coming to an end, but this pandemic is still raging on, and if you can, don’t let up. Stay distant, stay safe, wear a mask," Bennet concluded. "On that note, I love you guys, stay healthy, and happy (almost) new year. X CB. P.S. f--- you 2020, I can’t wait to not be in you."
"D’Andra Simmons has tested positive for COVID and has been admitted to the COVID ward at UT Southwestern Hospital in Texas," Simmons' rep, Kelly Brady, told PEOPLE on Dec. 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."
Katilyn Bristowe & Jason Tartick
The former Bachelorette revealed on Christmas Eve that she and her boyfriend had tested positive for COVID-19. "Unfortunately, this is our Christmas card this year,” she wrote alongside a selfie of the pair in front of their Christmas tree.
"We have Covid," Bristowe, 35, wrote in the post. "Jason and I had been trying to quarantine before seeing family. We thought we were making a responsible decision to have ONE person over, who had been tested daily for work. Negative tests 4 days in a row. The day we saw her, she became positive which we all found out the next day. 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," the Dancing with the Stars champ continued. "Today, We are thinking of everyone who is spending the holidays alone, anyone who is sick or overcoming something, (as 2020 has taught us to overcome a lot), and all of the healthcare workers who have been away from family, taking care of others for months, and months now. We will be ok!! Be safe and happy holidays!!"
The S.W.A.T. star revealed on Instagram on Dec. 24 that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
“I HAVE COVID!!!! Just found out moments ago,” he wrote in a text typed on his phone, which he shared a photo of. He added that he received a positive test, which came as a surprise to him.
“I thought I had food poisoning,” he explained, going on to detail his symptoms. “Chills and aches all day today… still can smell, taste, no cough, no runny nose.”
He added that while he feels “fine now,” he recognizes he has “to be responsible” and “to accept test results.”
“My Xmas n New Years is clearly not gonna be the best...my last year and a half has not been the best… but I WILL BE OKAY!!!! This is a hard time for ALL OF US… the WORLD!!! But… I BELIEVE in the sun shining through the rain!!! Stay safe and appreciate everything and everybody you have and had!! MUCH LOVE!!!!” he continued, adding the hashtag, “#wearamask.”
Britney Spears’ boyfriend shared his positive diagnosis on Instagram on Dec. 23, revealing that he has since recovered and luckily experienced very few symptoms.
"2020 has been a crazy/twisted year for all of us. Recently I tested positive for Covid-19, I was lucky enough to catch the news before being around and infecting my loved ones (friends, family, significant other)," the model and personal trainer, 26, wrote on Instagram. "I quickly isolated myself and started my quarantine process alone. 🙏🏽"
Asghari credited "healthy lifestyle" for only experiencing cold symptoms for one day. He added that he continued working out and eating clean while he was in quarantine.
The French President has tested positive for COVID-19, the Élysée Palace announced on Dec. 17. In a statement they explained that Macron, 42, was tested "at the onset of the first symptoms." He will now self-isolate for at least seven days.
"In accordance with current health regulations applicable to all, the president of the Republic will isolate himself for seven days. He continues to work and carry out his activities remotely," the palace said in a statement to CNN.
The French president's diagnosis follows a week of meetings with other European leaders, some of which have now announced that they will also quarantine in the wake of Macron's positive test.
"I wanted to share I've tested positive for COVID-19," Osbourne, 68, wrote on Instagram. "After a brief hospitalization, I'm now recuperating at a location away from Ozzy (who has tested negative) while The Talk is on scheduled hiatus."
"Everyone please stay safe and healthy," Sharon concluded her post. Her positive diagnosis came just a few days after her fellow Talk co-host Carrie Ann Inaba contracted the virus.
Carrie Ann Inaba
Inaba's co-hosts on The Talk revealed her positive diagnosis on Dec. 10, explaining her absence on the episode and wishing her a speedy recovery.
The Dancing with the Stars judge shared the news on Instagram as well. "I just wanted to come and let you know that I just tested positive for COVID-19," she wrote. "I'm home, I'm following the guidelines. ... I have a fever, bad cough and lots of aches and pains and I just wanted to remind you all to stay vigilant because I am following all the protocols and have so many strict protocols in place and even then I caught it."
"So just a friendly reminder to stay vigilant and take care of yourself," she continued. "Wear a mask, please, and wash your hands a lot. Just be extra, extra careful, because you don't want this. I'm taking good care of myself, so you don't worry about me. Take care and be safe."
Hours before her scheduled Verzuz battle with Keyshia Cole, the singer announced that she "tested positive" for the coronavirus.
"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!" Ashanti wrote on Instagram.
The platform confirmed the event would be postponed. "Unfortunately, we have to postpone tonight’s @Ashanti vs @KeyshiaCole #VERZUZ. Ashanti tested positive for COVID-19 beforehand, and we cannot put anyone at risk in the process. First time this has struck us so close to showtime. We apologize to our incredible audience! Get well soon, Ashanti 💜🖤💚 Wear a mask, stay inside, and take COVID-19 seriously. It’s truly affecting our community 😷😪 NEW DATE: January 9th, 2021," Verzuz shared on Instagram.
The talk show host announced in a statement on Dec. 10 that she has tested positive for COVID-19, but thankfully is “feeling fine right now.”
"Hi Everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19," DeGeneres, 62, wrote on Twitter. "Fortunately, I'm feeling fine right now. Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper CDC guidelines."
"Please stay healthy and safe," she added. "Love, Ellen."
A spokesperson for production company Telepictures told PEOPLE, "Following Ellen's announcement this morning, we have paused production on The Ellen DeGeneres Show until January."
".@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," Trump tweeted. "Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!"
Shortly after, Giuliani's son, Andrew Giuliani, confirmed his father's diagnosis, tweeting: "My Dad @RudyGiuliani is resting, getting great care and feeling well. Thank you to all the friends who have reached out concerned about his well being."
The former New York City mayor has been traveling across the country, leading Trump's legal battle to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which President-elect Joe Biden won the popular vote.
Later that same day, Giuliani's account tweeted, “Thank you to all my friends and followers for all the prayers and kind wishes. I’m getting great care and feeling good. Recovering quickly and keeping up with everything.”
Giuliani did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment on Dec. 7; a representative said more information was likely to be shared later that day but did not comment on Giuliani's condition or reported hospitalization.
His Twitter account has continued to post since his reported hospitalization, including sharing messages in support of Trump's baseless claims about his election loss.
"I love these people so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Some of you may have heard I have COVID. I got it after these photos were taken," Richards wrote on Dec. 5, along with her family's Christmas portrait this year.
"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," the Bravo star said.
Richards shares daughters Farrah, 32, Alexia, 24, Sophia, 20, and Portia, 12, with husband Mauricio Umansky.
News of the star's diagnosis, which was first reported by TMZ, comes after PEOPLE confirmed that the Bravo reality series had halted production due to COVID-19 concerns. A source close to the reality show said at the time that production was temporarily suspended and the team behind the scenes is following proper health and safety protocols.
RHOBH is currently working on filming season 11, which is expected to air on Bravo in 2021.
The 17-year-old "Kid in a Candy Store" singer told Entertainment Tonight that she and her immediate family members each contracted COVID-19 and they've since recovered. Siwa said she tested positive after her Dance Moms mother Jessalynn, dad Tom and brother Jayden did too, recalling all of their mild symptoms.
"I did end up getting it, the big, dreaded COVID-19. It got through my whole family," she said. "We had headaches, we were tired, we had shortness of breath — we had all the things. All my family actually lost their taste and smell, but all have it back. But I never did."
"Everyone who gets this virus, it's gonna affect them differently. We were all, like, three days apart," she added.
On Dec. 3, The New York Times reported that the 66-year-old co-host of Fox News' talk show, The Five, tested positive for the coronavirus and is isolating himself. Williams confirmed his diagnosis to the Daily Beast.
According to the Times, Williams went on vacation last month and returned to the Fox News studio on Monday, where he was tested for COVID-19. Then, on Thursday, the journalist received a positive test result, the outlet reported, citing sources who "requested anonymity to share private discussions."
Speaking on his condition, Williams told the Daily Beast, "I'm not great but I’m not dying or anything."
In a video posted to Instagram on Dec. 1, Estefan, 63, revealed that she tested positive in November, after an encounter with a fan at a restaurant in late October.
"In the past few weeks, I have been one of the victims of COVID," the star said in the clip. "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."
"When we left, the only thing that I can imagine happened is that someone came up to me when I was eating and tapped me on the shoulder," she continued. "They were very close, they had no mask and they were telling me beautiful things. But that's the only thing that I have done outside of my enclosure here."
She later added: "I was very lucky. But I just wanted to share with you the fact that I was in quarantine and the one day I went out and met with one person that was not wearing a mask — I even held my breath, quite honestly, through their talk — something must have happened."
Estefan said she tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 8.
"But anyway, I just wanted you to know just in case I can be helpful in whatever way," she continued. "I love you all. Stay healthy, stay safe and looking forward to a better year next year for sure."
"He is otherwise fit and well, and the entire team sends him its very best wishes for a swift recovery," the team said in a statement.
According to Mercedes, Hamilton woke up on Nov. 30 with mild symptoms and later found out he had been exposed to the virus prior to the Bahrain Grand Prix the day before. He had tested negative three times the previous week ahead of the race.
In his own social media post, Hamilton wrote that he was "gutted to not be able to race this weekend but my priority is to follow the protocols and advice to protect others."
He continued, "I'm really lucky that I feel ok with only mild symptoms and will do my best to stay fit and healthy."
According to the star, the cast had "two and a half more episodes to do" when production shut down due to the outbreak.
"I had contracted COVID when we flew to Bangkok," Perez recalled in the article published on Nov. 30. "And at that time, they were saying 'It’s a new respiratory tract infection. It's a virus that's going around. We don’t really know what it is and what it does, but it attacks the respiratory system first and then travels to other parts of your body.' "
"It was terrifying," she continued. "I remember my manager was with me, and I said, 'Tarik, don’t let me die in Bangkok.' And he goes, 'Oh my God, you’re scaring me.' And the head of the ICU says, 'You should be scared, sir. This is serious. We’re going to have to put her in a separate room.' "
Perez went on to explain that not much was known about the virus at the time because "it was new. [This] was in December."
"I remember the doctor saying to me, 'The mask that you have on, the mask that I have on, every time you go outside, every time you meet someone wear that mask — not just for you, but to protect them too,' " she said. "And I haven’t forgotten it."
Arie Luyendyk Jr.
The former Bachelor, 39, shared on his Instagram Stories on Nov. 26, that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 "nine days ago," and that the experience has been "rough" for both him and wife Lauren Burnham.
"Many of you have been wondering why we haven't done Bachelor Brunch, why we've been so absent on social media and why I'm sitting like 25 feet away from the girls. It's 'cause I actually tested positive for COVID," Luyendyk Jr. began. "Tomorrow, I get to go in and see if I'm clear."
"It's been rough. I gotta say, it's not been easy being separated," he continued.
According to Luyendyk Jr., he's been isolating "on the other side of the house" away from Burnham, 29, and their 1-year-old daughter, Alessi Ren.
"Lauren has been really sweet," he told fans. "She's keeping me fed. She just slides some food outside and then I go get it."
The former race car driver went on to post a video of Burnham and their daughter sitting on the other side of a long patio table, captioning the clip, "Thanksgiving 2020 has been different."
Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia
After experiencing flu-like symptoms, the Swedish royal couple tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 25, according to multiple outlets.
"They feel relatively well under the circumstances," said the Royal Court’s Director of the Information and Press Department, Margareta Thorgren, per Reuters.
The couple’s young sons, Prince Alexander, 4, and Prince Gabriel, 3, are not experiencing any symptoms at this time, according to Swedish outlet The Local. They are all quarantining together.
Contact tracing efforts are underway, including King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, the King's daughter Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel. The family members all gathered last Friday to mourn Queen Silvia’s brother, Walther Sommerlath, who died on Oct. 23.
Whitney & Zach Bates
After exclusively telling PEOPLE that they are expecting their fourth child together, the Bringing Up Bates stars have also shared that they were diagnosed with coronavirus early on in Whitney's pregnancy.
"Shortly after we found out we were pregnant, Zach unfortunately contracted COVID-19 at his work and I ended up testing positive as well," Whitney, 27, said. "It was a rough couple weeks for our family, with a lot of prayers going up for the new baby, but we thankfully have all recovered and feel healthy again."
"Knowing that COVID-19 can cause side effects in pregnancies, even after it has run its course, we are working closely with Dr. Vick to ensure the health and safety of our new little one, and so far everything is looking perfect!" Whitney added.
Zach wasn’t the only member of his large family to come down with the virus — his sister Carlin and her husband Evan also contracted the coronavirus in August, she announced on Instagram.
Donald Trump Jr.
President Donald Trump’s oldest son tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and has been in isolation, a spokesperson told PEOPLE on Nov. 20.
"Don tested positive at the start of the week and has been quarantining out at his cabin since the result," the spokesperson said in a statement. "He’s been completely asymptomatic so far and is following all medically recommended COVID-19 guidelines."
In an update the following day, the president said that his son "is doing very well."
Like his father, Don Jr. has continuously downplayed the severity of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. In July, he was blocked from his own Twitter account for 12 hours as punishment for spreading misinformation about the virus.
The Puerto Rican star, 26, had previously been announced to perform on-stage with Jhay Cortez for a world premiere performance of their duet "Dákiti." However, the showcase never happened, with fans on Twitter confused as to why Bad Bunny was absent.
In a statement from the musician's reps, his team confirmed that Bad Bunny contracted the coronavirus and had to call off the appearance because of the diagnosis.
"Bad Bunny was originally set to perform his No. 1 global hit 'Dákiti' with Jhay Cortez live for the first time at the AMAs but unfortunately, the artist tested positive for COVID-19, which forced him to cancel the presentation," read the statement.
His rep tells PEOPLE that, as of Nov. 23, he is "feeling okay [and] isn't showing major symptoms." They added that they are "praying it remains that way."
Richard Schiff & Sheila Kelley
The married actors announced their diagnoses on Twitter Nov. 10, noting that they'd been quarantined for a week. "On Election Day [we] tested positive for Covid-19. This has been the most bizarre week of our lives," Schiff wrote. "We are determined to find a way to health again. We root for everyone out there who are struggling with this thing. Love from here."
A week later on Nov. 16, the actor gave a "Covid update" and announced that he had been hospitalized.
"I am in the hospital on Remdesivir, O2 and steroids showing some improvement every day," he continued. "Sheila is home and doing better but still fairly ill."
"I tested positive for COVID. I have been safe while traveling but I had an exchange on Tuesday where I did not protect myself and this is when I had been infected. I have been safe with distancing and masks since Tuesday, including when I went to dinner solo and stayed distant and wore a mask at Hayes's soccer," she shared on her Instagram Story.
"My kids have been at their father's but Hayes will quarantine due to a brief (1 hour) proximity to me," King added. "I have contacted everyone and will isolate for 10 days minimum per CDC guidelines. My children will have to stay with my parents as they cannot stay at my house while I'm sick."
She added that she initially sought a test “due to extreme lethargy” and went on to detail her symptoms. "I don't have a fever. I do have extreme exhaustion, sneezing, a mild cough, and diarrhea. I think I'm losing my sense of smell. I ordered a regimen of vitamins and getting tons of rest, water, and food delivery. None of my friends or family are infected or have any symptoms."
The Politician star announced on Nov. 15 that he previously tested positive for COVID-19 in March.
Platt shared the news on Twitter, responding to a tweet that asked Twitter users if they knew anyone that had contracted the virus.
"Me. it was like an awful flu that lingered for 3 weeks or so," Platt, 27, wrote. "Thankfully made a full recovery. so many haven’t been as lucky and will continue not to be. #WearAMask."
The Broadway star followed up in a second tweet, adding, "This was in march, I’m totally fine now you sweet bb’s. keep distancing and masking!"
On Nov. 14, a number of stars shared messages of support and asked fans to pray for the musician’s recovery.
"Pray for my boy @jeremihhe’s not doing good this covid s— is real 🙏🏿 he’s in ICU in Chicago," 50 Cent wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the pair, who have collaborated on several occasions over the years.
The former Real Housewives of Miami star shared (then deleted) a photo of her legs on Instagram stories, saying she'd been "battling COVID for a week. It’s no joke I’ve never felt pain like this!”
The fiddler (and the 2019 CMA Musician of the Year) was one of five acts who had to pull out of the CMA Awards at the last minute due to a close COVID diagnosis - in this case, her own.
"Unfortunately I tested positive for...yeah you guessed it...'Rona," the fiddler, 36, wrote on Instagram right before the show. "I am thankfully feeling just fine, just bummed of course."
During a virtual appearance on the Nov. 10 episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the 60-year-old The Undoing star revealed that he recently took an antibodies test that came back positive, and believes that he and his wife Anna Eberstein contracted the coronavirus back in February.
"It started as just a very strange syndrome where I kept breaking into a terrible sweat. It was like a poncho of sweat, embarrassing really," recalled Grant, adding that his "eyeballs felt about three sizes too big" and that he felt "as though some enormous man was sitting on my chest."
"I thought, 'I don't know what this is,' and then I was walking down the street one day and I thought, 'I can't smell a damn thing,' and you start to panic," he added.
Grant said he began "sniffing flowers" to be certain he had the telltale symptom, and still couldn't pick up a scent. "And you get more and more desperate — I started sniffing in garbage cans. You know, you want to sniff strangers' armpits because you just can't smell anything."
On the same night that his arrival at the Bachelorette bubble in Palm Springs aired, one of Tayshia Adams' new suitors revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Giannikopoulos shared his diagnosis on Instagram on Nov. 10, detailing "some of the hardest" hours of his life.
"I am going through a lot of emotions at the moment with so many thoughts in my head as to how this happened," he wrote in a lengthy Instagram caption. "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 explained that he then had an anxiety attack while driving home from the doctor, prompting him to "[lose] consciousness behind the wheel and my car went off road through a guard rail and hit a pole.”
He later added, "Although my symptoms are evident, I am going to fight this and win. I understand so many lives have been impacted and my heart goes out to every single person affected. It’s okay to be nervous, anxious, and feeling uncertain, but just remember we are all in it together."
"Some of y'all guessed it..... Got the Rona," the 33-year-old wrote alongside a selfie of himself outside his house, after asking fans in a previous post if they had "any ideas why I would have my tour bus parked in the drive way?"
"Asymptomatic. Quarantining on bus," he explained, adding, "Miss my family. Writing songs. Thankful."
The Housing and Urban Development Secretary tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 9, PEOPLE confirmed.
The diagnosis came after Carson, 69, attended the election-night watch party at the White House last week, according to the Associated Press. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was also in attendance and has since tested positive.
A White House spokesman told PEOPLE that the necessary contact tracing was underway.
"Any positive case is taken seriously. Contact tracing has been conducted by the White House Medical Unit consistent with CDC guidelines to stop further transmission," the spokesman maintained. "Appropriate notifications and recommendations have been made."
Carson, a former surgeon, told The Washington Post that on Sunday he had a fever as well as chills, cramping and "respiratory issues and fatigue."