U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson
“I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus,” he continued. “Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives”
With the message, Johnson also posted a video of himself describing his symptoms of a fever and “persistent cough.” He also continued to thank first responders and citizens for working together during the pandemic.
“I want to thank everyone who’s working to keep our country going … we will get through it, and the way we’re going to get through it is, of course, by applying the measures we’ve heard so much about,” he said in the clip. “The more effectively we all comply with those measures, the faster our country will come through this [pandemic] and the faster we’ll bounce back.”
Chef Floyd Cardoz
The Top Chef Masters winner, who was first admitted to the hospital with a fever on March 18 and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19, died on March 25.
The beloved chef died at Mountainside Medical Center in New Jersey as a result of complications from coronavirus, a spokesperson for his Hunger Inc. Hospitality Group confirmed to PEOPLE. He was 59.
At the time, he posted an update on his Instagram page, saying he sought medical help as a “precautionary measure.”
“Sincere apologies everyone. I am sorry for causing undue panic around my earlier post. I was feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in New York,” he wrote, adding he “was hugely anxious about my state of health.”
Cardoz is survived by his mother Beryl, his wife and business partner, Barkha, whom he met at hospitality school in India, and their two sons, Peter, 27, and Justin, 22.
A statement issued to PEOPLE on March 25 said he has continued working at home and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, does not have the virus.
A Clarence House spokesperson confirmed the diagnosis in a statement early Wednesday, saying, “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.”
“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 statement continued. “The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing.”
The statement Clarence House added, “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.”
It’s been nearly two weeks since Charles, 71, last saw his mother Queen Elizabeth briefly on March 12, Buckingham Palace added. “Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health. … and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare,” a palace spokesman added.
Laura Bell Bundy
“I have Corona Virus,” the country singer and Broadway star wrote on Instagram on March 25. Telling fans she’d address her symptoms and overall health later that day, she added, “Please please stay home, take care of yourselves. God Bless.”
The former NBA star announced his diagnosis on Twitter on March 24.
“I tested positive for COVID19. I believe I got it while on a trip to N.Y.C. at the beginning of the month for the Brooklyn Nets Pride night game. I had my first symptoms on Wed Mar 11. Terrible headache. A few days later I had a fever and then the cough,” Collins shared.
“On Saturday I went to the ER and got tested and spoke with some docs about the tightness in my chest,” he wrote. “I’m home now resting but still experiencing some tightness and might go back to the hospital later today. On Saturday my lungs were clear, which obviously is good.”
The former center, who became the first openly gay player in the NBA in 2014, also urged people to continue social distancing to help “flatten the curve” and contain any further spread of the virus.
The “Running on Empty” singer, 71, announced his diagnosis to Rolling Stone in an interview published on March 24, explaining, “My symptoms are really pretty mild.”
After noticing a “small cough” and a “temperature,” he decided to get tested, he told the magazine.
The musician is now recovering at his home in Los Angeles, California and has been self isolating for about “10 days.”
“I quarantined immediately upon feeling sick. It was before the mandatory quarantine orders were issued, because you don’t know if you had it or not. I’m in the middle of trying to call everyone I know to discuss with them how they are feeling and whether or not they have symptoms. You have to assume you have it. You need to assume that you in some way could very easily pass it to someone else,” Browne added.
Browne urged his fans and particularly young people all over the world to stay at home, noting that even if “they don’t have symptoms” that “they might have it and might be able to pass it on.”
“That’s what younger readers need to understand: They need to take part in the global response to stop the spread. That means not going anywhere, not getting into contact with anybody, not seeing anybody,” Browne added.
“So check this out, no games being played alright,” he began in the clip. “The other day, I got tested for the coronavirus yesterday and it came back positive,” he revealed. “As careful as I have been self-quarantined and staying home. I might’ve went and got something to eat or something, did some stuff like that, simple stuff like that, nothing crazy.”
“Stayed in my truck, had masks, gloves, everything on and my test came back positive so ya’ll gotta take this stuff seriously,” he said explaining just how easily the condition can be incurred. “Sit at home, self-quarantine, do not come outside for however long they sayin’. If you have symptoms, you need to go get checked out or whatever.”
On March 24, the Broadway actor and former Gossip Girl star shared on his Instagram stories that he and boyfriend Max Clayton, also a Broadway actor, have coronavirus.
“We’re positive for COVID-19 here,” he wrote. “In good spirits and cooking dinner. Glad I stayed home! I didn’t infect others!”
The Young and the Restless star opened up about his diagnosis in an Instagram post on March 23, writing, “I just tested positive for coronavirus. I am a pretty healthy 43-year-old who doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink much, eats well and exercises regularly and this has been the hardest experience of my life.”
Rikaart — who shares 4-year-old son Montgomery Argo with husband Robert Sudduth — explained that he and his family first started showing symptoms of the highly contagious respiratory virus more than two weeks ago.
Confident that he’s “finally turned the proverbial corner,” the star said Monday is the first day he’s been “fever-free” since becoming sick.
“I was told to stay isolated for another 72 hours before I acclimate back into my family,” he wrote. “So, nice try coronavirus, but I have another 4-5 decades worth of experiences to have with these guys.”
The Broadway star announced the news on March 23 on his Instagram account, writing, “I’ve been in quarantine since Broadway shows shut down on Thursday, March 12th, and I’m feeling much better.”
He also expressed that he considers himself “extremely lucky” that his symptoms have been “very mild” but is still “taking this situation extremely seriously.”
“I want everyone to realize that this can affect anyone,” he said. “And even if you aren’t feeling sick or showing drastic symptoms – please take heed, stay safe, stay healthy and I hope to see everyone at the theater again soon.”
Weinstein has tested positive in New York’s Wende Correctional Facility, according to multiple reports.
On March 22, law enforcement officials confirmed the news to Deadline and Page Six, telling the outlets that the disgraced producer and convicted rapist contracted the virus. Niagara Gazette was first to report the news.
Weinstein’s rep, Juda Engelmayer, told PEOPLE: “Our team that has HIPAA consent has not heard anything like that yet. I can’t tell you what I don’t know.”
News of his diagnosis comes days after he was transferred to the Wende Correctional Facility from New York City’s Rikers Island.
Weinstein is reportedly being kept in isolation, along with one other inmate who also tested positive for the virus at Wende.
Officials told Niagara Gazette they believed Weinstein, who celebrated his 68th birthday last week, was already positive for COVID-19 when he entered the facility. Prior to his transfer, Weinstein had been alternating between Rikers Island and a N.Y.C. hospital, where he was reportedly being treated for high blood pressure and chest pains.
Senator Rand Paul
The politician’s coronavirus diagnosis was announced on March 22. “Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person,” his staff tweeted.
“He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time. Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul,” a follow-up tweet read.
The Younger actress, 55, announced her coronavirus diagnosis on Instagram, writing: “I have just tested positive for Covid-19. I AM OK! About a month ago my entire home(husband and two teen daughters) got an odd bug- Low grade fever,headaches,sore throat,body aches,ears ringing and a dry cough. It cleared up quickly. Seasonal I thought? but it felt unusual/different.”
First she was tested for the flu, but those test results were negative. After five days of waiting for her coronavirus test results, she shared her diagnosis with fans on March 21.
“I woke up with all those same symptoms but super intense body aches, and 102.4 fever. I figured maybe I got the flu or..Corona? I had had cocktails the evening prior,and smoked a few cigarettes. I figured I had jacked my immune system from having a fun night with friends,” she wrote. “I called a doctor/friend to ask if I could get the Covid-19 test on 3/16. He said NO, I didn’t meet the criteria.I hadn’t recently traveled out of the country & I hadnt been with someone who had actually tested positive. I found this kind of a CRAZY criteria for a NY’er as I had taken the subway,gone to the theater,the grocery store, the pharmacy, hair salon, etc. I was the Mom who was trying to prepare the home and get supplies & bleach wipes, dry goods, extra food etc.”
“After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus,” the Bravo host shared on Instagram on March 20.
Cohen said that Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen will be going on hiatus while he recovers. It was previously announced that the Bravo talk show would film without a live audience in an effort to protect against the rapidly spreading respiratory virus.
“As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do #WWHL from home, we’re putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better,” he continued. “I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves.”
On March 20, the former Bachelor shared his diagnosis on Instagram.
“I tested positive and I have been following all of the social distancing rules since last week,” he wrote alongside a video. “My symptoms started a few days ago, I was tested and just received my results today. For anyone out there that is hesitant to self quarantine… please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and stay home. We will all beat this and come out stronger on the other side. I’ll keep you posted, Love y’all.”
Celtics shooting guard Marcus Smart announced on Twitter on March 19 that he tested positive for the respiratory virus, urging his fans and followers to practice social distancing to stall the spread.
“I was tested 5 days ago and the results came back tonight, which were positive,” the athlete wrote alongside 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 nations health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP.”
Smart said that he has “had no symptoms” and that he feels “great.”
“But the younger generation in our country MUST self distance,” he added in another tweet. “This is not a joke. Not doing so is selfish. Together we can beat this, but we must beat it together by being apart for a short while. Much love!!”
On the same day, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that two unidentified players tested positive, as well.
Daniel Dae Kim
In a lengthy video message to his fans on March 19, Kim said he was on his way home after production closed down on New Amsterdam due to the virus and was “asymptomatic” during that time.
“But as the flight was close to landing, I started noticing some scratchiness in my throat, which is unlike how I usually get sick,” he said on Instagram. “So when I landed, I called my family doctor in Hawaii and he told me to monitor my symptoms. To be safe, when I got home, I quarantined myself in a room in the house and tried to rest on my own. But later that night, I started feeling tightness in my chest, body aches and my temperature started to rise. So he then told me to get tested.”
“With any luck, I will have actually built up an immunity to this virus when all of this is said and done. So I may not actually need the vaccine when it comes out. I hope it does soon though, and I will gladly contribute in any way I can, including donating antibodies in the pursuit of finding a vaccine for everyone,” he said.
Prince Albert II
Monaco’s Prince Albert II tested positive for coronavirus, the Palace announced on Thursday, March 19.
The 62-year-old Prince is the first head of state to test positive for COVID-19. He was tested on Monday, March 16, according to palace sources, and results were confirmed on Wednesday, March 18.
The father of 5-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella’s state of health is not a source of concern, according to a statement from the palace.
The Prince of Monaco is being closely followed by his attending physician and specialists from the Princess Grace Hospital Center, and continues to work from his private apartments in the palace and remains in permanent contact with his cabinet.
Hartung shared her experience on Good Morning America on March 18, revealing that she received her positive test on March 16 after first experiencing symptoms last March 12.
While the reporter said that the virus “was something that really knocked me off my feet for a day,” she said that her symptoms were ones that she’d normally try to power through.
Hartung’s health care provider initially told her that she wouldn’t be able to get tested because her symptoms were too mild.
“I was defeated, confused, I didn’t know where to turn and what to do, and my healthcare provider actually called me back, and said ‘upon review of your case, because of where you’ve been, we do want you to get tested,’ ” Hartung explained.
In the caption for a post sharing her GMA interview, Hartung said that she hopes people can learn from her experience.
“The quicker we get serious about social distance, the quicker we’ll all get through this. ❤️” she added.
The New Orleans Saints coach, 56, told ESPN he tested positive for COVID-19 on March 19. He is seemingly the first NFL-adjacent person to have the virus.
Payton told ESPN he didn’t have a fever or cough, but was feeling ill the previous Sunday and took a test.
“This is not just about social distancing,” Payton told ESPN. “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.”
The Brooklyn Nets star and three of his teammates have contracted COVID-19, the team and Durant announced on March 17.
“Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” Durant told reporter Shams Charania of The Athletic after the news broke. “We’re going to get through this.”
The Nets have not identified the three other players who tested positive.
In their statement, the team said of the players who were diagnosed, three were asymptomatic while the fourth is currently exhibiting symptoms.
“All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians,” the team said in a statement posted by multiple reporters. “The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting.”
“The health of our players and staff is of the highest priority to the organization and the team is doing everything within its power to ensure that those affected receive the best care possible,” their statement continued.
The fashion influencer and designer behind the lifestyle brand Something Navy, announced her positive status on Instagram on March 18.
Charnas received the diagnosis after telling fans earlier this week that she was “freaking out” while awaiting results from the test. She began the health update by acknowledging the fact that many don’t have immediate medical access when they first notice symptoms.
“… Like many of you, this pandemic has me on heightened alert and I took what I believed to be the quick precautions necessary to protect the health and safety of my family and now ultimately the people around me,” read the post. “This morning, I learned that I tested positive for COVID-19.”
Since getting confirmation that she has coronavirus, she explained that she has an entirely different perspective on the outbreak.
“While this virus seems to be everywhere that you turn, it’s meaning and importance completely changes when it affects you personally,” wrote Charnas.
Per her doctors’ orders, the designer said she will continue to quarantine and self-isolate, rest, drink fluids and contact friends and family she was in contact with the past two weeks so they can “be even more diligent in their own self-quarantine and look out for any symptoms.”
The mom of two added that her young daughters, Ruby and Esme, haven’t shown any symptoms, but that she and husband Brandon are “watching them super closely.”
“A couple days ago, my doctor informed me that I too have COVID-19,” the singer announced on Instagram on March 17.
Lawrence went on to say that she is going to “be completely fine” but “many who get it won’t be if too many people get sick too quickly.” She urged her followers to stay inside and and think of others because “we have the power to slow this down.”
She concluded her note, writing, “And for the love of god, self f—— quarantine or you’ll be on my s— list,” before adding a link to the CDC on how to prepare and prevent the disease.
“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19,” the Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw actor announced on Twitter on 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,” he captioned a video alongside wife Sabrina Dhowre. “Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic.”
He explained in the video that he “got a test immediately” and began to self-quarantine after learning that he was exposed to someone who had tested positive.
“It sucks,” he said, before encouraging fans to take precautions. “Looks, this is serious. Now’s the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands.”
Then, a week later, Dhowre revealed she had also contracted the virus.
The couple gave fans an update on their health while sitting down remotely with Oprah Winfrey for the first episode of her new series “Oprah Talks COVID-19,” which is available to watch for free on Apple TV+.
“I tested positive,” she said, noting that she wasn’t “surprised” by the news.
Dhowre went on to share that even after learning her husband had potentially been exposed to the virus, she made the decision to fly out to be with him.
“As soon as I heard that Idris was potentially exposed, I mean, I was on the my way anyway, I wanted to be with him,” she said. “I think that’s an instinct as a wife. You just want to go and take care.”
“We didn’t change the way we interacted,” she added. “I could have made a decision to put myself maybe in a separate room or stay away, and I’m sure that people are making those decisions that are tough decisions to make. But I made the decision to be with him and still touch him.”
Elba explained that on the day he may have been exposed to the virus, he and his wife had been together — and they continued to spend time together until he left for New Mexico for work.
“If I had caught it, she had certainly caught it in that time period as well,” he said.
The actor went on to point out that while social distancing is very important, he and his wife “made a calculated decision as a family to stick together through this.”
On March 16, Frozen 2‘s Matthews opened up about the diagnosis and shared a timeline of her symptoms in a series of posts on her Instagram Story, explaining that she “only got tested because I had been around a confirmed case.”
“Hey guys, I tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in quarantine the last week,” Matthews, who voiced the role of Honeymaren in the Disney film, wrote.
Matthews then went on to explain her symptoms, writing that on day one, she experienced a “sore throat, fatigue and headache.”
By day two, the actress shared things took a turn as she had a “mild fever (100.3), horrible body aches, chills, sharp pain in lungs, started a dry cough, no appetite.”
On day three, Matthews said her fever was gone, but she still had “minor body aches.”
She wrote her “lungs got much worse (resulting in deep, dry cough) shortness of breath, major fatigue, no appetite.”
Quim Torra, Regional Leader of Spain’s Catalonia, & Pere Aragones, Catalan Deputy Head of Government
The two government officials have been diagnosed, The New York Times reported the morning of March 16.
Torra is said to have gone into self-isolation in a government building, according to the Times.
Karl von Habsburg
The Archduke of Austria has been quarantined since March 12 after testing positive for the virus.
The 59-year-old head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine called into Austrian TV channel oe24, revealing he experienced flu-like symptoms.
“It’s annoying, but I’m fine. It’s not the Black Plague,” von Habsburg said. “I thought it was the usual flu. When a friend called me that he had a positive test at a congress in Switzerland, I was also tested.”
He added, “I have to expressly praise the Austrian authorities because they act with measure and aim. Panic mood is not appropriate.”
The actor, who played Tormund on Game of Thrones, revealed on March 16 that he is self-isolating in Norway after testing positive for COVID-19, and he said he’d stay in quarantine for “as long as it takes.”
“We are in good health – I only have mild symptoms … There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis,” he wrote. “I urge all of you to be extremely careful … Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals.”
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
The actor announced his positive results on Instagram on March 11.
“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” Hanks wrote.
“Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?”
He added, “We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!”
Hanks is currently in Australia’s Gold Coast for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley biopic, in which he plays the music icon’s longtime manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Filming for the movie has been halted.
Nadine Dorries, U.K. Health Minister
Dorries has announced that she and her 84-year-old mother have both tested positive, The Evening Standard reported on March 15. She also opened up about her experience in an essay she wrote for The Sunday Times, writing that her diagnosis was a “game-changer” and that she worries for her mother who “is not in the best of health.”
“I stopped listening for a second as the thought flew through my mind: my mum is going to get it and it’s my fault. I had brought Covid-19 home from Westminster and had unwittingly passed it on to her,” Dorries wrote in her essay. “It felt as though the clocks had stopped. I knew that everything was about to change and I wanted to hold time where it stood.”
Dorries said her symptoms included persistent cough, achy muscles and intermittent night sweats, according to The Evening Standard, and she advises people to act as though everything is already contaminated as a safety precaution.
She said: “Every lift button, shopping-trolley handle, wait-button on a zebra crossing – and every cup in a cafe.
“Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Carry hand-sanitiser and use it over and over. Resist the urge to hug or shake hands with anyone.”
Begoña Gómez, Wife of Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez
The wife of Prime Minister Sánchez has tested positive for coronavirus, Washington Times reported on March 15.
The outlet says that both Gómez and Sánchez are in good health and have been following instructions from medical authorities at their home in La Moncloa Palace in Madrid. Additionally, two ministers of Sánchez’s cabinet have also tested positive but are also in good health.
Gómez’s health status was first announced shortly after Sánchez addressed the people of Spain to announce the measures his government plans to take to combat the pandemic.
The former Bond girl announced on Instagram that she tested positive for COVID-19 on March 15.
Kurylenko, who played Camille Montes in 2008’s Quantum of Solace, shared a photo of her balcony, writing, “Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus.” She added that she’s “actually been ill for almost a week now,” noting that she’s mainly suffering from “fever and fatigue.”
“Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!” she added.
In a follow-up post, the Ukrainian-born French actress thanked fans for their support and answered some questions about her condition.
“Why I’m not in hospital? Because hospitals are full and they are only taking patients that are struggling with life, if I understand correctly. I was told that if I get worse to call an ambulance,” she wrote.
“Where I got tested? In the hospital when an ambulance took me there after I called because my fever was over 39,” she wrote, which converts to more than 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
“How did I get tested? They took a swab from my throat,” she continued.
“Where did I get coronavirus? Impossible to know. It could be anywhere. I could have touched a taxi handle and gotten it from there. It’s on surfaces!”
She noted that after a week of a fever, her temperature is beginning to break.
Then a week later, the actress revealed that she has “completely recovered” from the virus.
Kurylenko gave the update on March 22, when the U.K. and its commonwealth celebrated Mother’s Day. She revealed the news in an Instagram post alongside a shot of her holding her son Alexander.