Celebrities Who've Tested Positive for COVID in 2021
See who has contracted the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19
More than 150 celebrities contracted coronavirus in 2020, and the numbers have continued to rise into the new year. Here are the stars who have opened up about testing positive in 2021.
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The country star's husband Garth Brooks announced that after exposure to a team member who had COVID, Yearwood tested positive and was experiencing symptoms. "Officially, she's diagnosed as 'on her way out of the tunnel' now, though, which I'm extremely thankful for," Brooks said. "Anyone who knows me knows my world begins and ends with Miss Yearwood, so she and I will ride through this together."
Shortly after receiving her first dose of the vaccine, the designer discovered she'd had recent exposure, and tested positive for COVID herself. She later posted that after time in the hospital, she was feeling better, and thanked the nurses and other healthcare workers for their care.
In a post on her Goop website, the actress revealed that she'd had COVID very early on in the pandemic, but is still dealing with long-haul effects from the disease. "It left me with some long-tail fatigue and brain fog," she wrote, adding that she was trying an anti-inflammatory diet to attempt to mitigate the symptoms.
Maynard James Keenan
The Tool frontman disclosed that he had been diagnosed with COVID twice at the end of 2020, and both times experienced difficulty breathing and coughing fits. He said he was still suffering from lung damage and had frequent coughing fits, plus other effects: "I had an autoimmune attack on my system in the form of, like, a rheumatoid arthritis. Basically, from what I understand, it attacks weird spots and it's random. So that's what I got. That was my prize."
Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi
The 33-year-old Jersey Shore alumna celebrated Valentine’s Day at a distance this year, as she has tested positive for COVID-19, she revealed on Instagram.
"Happy Valentine's Day! This ones a bit different....I have Covid. I've been isolated in my room since I found out. My family & I have been super cautious & careful, so this is super scary," the mother of three wrote in her caption.
Polizzi shares sons Angelo James, 20 months, and Lorenzo Dominic, 8, plus daughter Giovanna Marie, 6, with husband Jionni LaValle. They have all tested negative, she added, and she is isolating in her bedroom.
Describing her symptoms, Polizzi said they "started out as just a bad sinus cold" and "headache, stuffy nose & mild cough." She added that she then felt "super tired and ended up napping all day which made me go get tested."
Shawn Johnson East
"Got my results back today and they came back positive for Covid," she said.
"Not going to lie... I'm nervous knowing I'm positive," added Johnson East, 29, who is mom to 15-month-old daughter Drew Hazel. "It's been a long two weeks of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) with Drew and now this... my body is exhausted."
She explained a few of the reasons why she was worried after her positive diagnosis. "1: I don't want to get my family sick. 2: I have asthma and have had it my entire life so this scares me a little extra. 3: had a very close family member fight for his life last month while battling Covid so it's a serious topic of concern/hits home in our household," she explained.
"So far, I have a cough, terrible sore throat and headache. Fatigue for sure but... that's pregnancy haha," she said of her symptoms. "Not looking for any kind of pitty [sic] party. Just a reminder to take care of yourself. Drink an extra water tonight and wash your hands."
The comedian has tested positive for COVID-19, PEOPLE confirmed on Feb. 3.
Cannon, 40, is currently in quarantine and resting, a representative for the star told Variety, who was the first outlet to report the news.
Cannon will be taking a break from his hosting duties on The Masked Singer, according to the outlet, and will be temporarily replaced by Niecy Nash for the first few episodes of the season.
"After testing negative as recently as this weekend, I have taken a positive COVID rapid test," the politician, who ran in last year’s presidential election, said in a tweet. "I'm experiencing mild symptoms, but am otherwise feeling well & in good spirits. I'm quarantining & adhering to public health guidelines until I can get back out on the campaign trail."
"Evelyn already has me very well-contained and cared for," Yang, 46, added in another tweet, referring to his wife Evelyn Yang. He continued, "in all seriousness if you want me to feel better donate to my campaign! Then I can relax."
On Jan. 28's Good Morning America, Strahan's co-hosts, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Amy Robach, addressed his absence at the top of the show, explaining that their co-host had been diagnosed with the virus but is doing "well."
"We know that you have noticed that Michael has not been here with us this week. He wanted us to let you know that he has tested positive for COVID and is at home, quarantining right now," Roberts said.
"So many of you have reached out to him and asked about him and he says, 'Thank you,' for the concern and well wishes. He's also feeling well and looking forward to being back here shortly," Stephanopoulos began before adding, "You should know that all of us here — both in front of the camera and behind the scenes — have been cleared by Disney to be here after contact tracing and following CDC guidelines."
The statement added that the comedian, 47, "has safely conducted socially-distanced shows in Ohio since June 2020 and he moved those shows to Austin during the winter. Chappelle implemented COVID-19 protocols which included rapid testing for the audience and daily testing for himself and his team. His diligent testing enabled him to immediately respond by quarantining, thus mitigating the spread of the virus."
The actor is not currently experiencing any symptoms of COVID, according to the rep.
"Prior to tonight's game, I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID," Towns began in a statement posted to Twitter and Instagram. "I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol."
As a result of his positive test, the Timberwolves' game against the Memphis Grizzlies was postponed. In his statement, the 25-year-old athlete called on his fans to take the virus seriously and "stop the spread."
"I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all the necessary precautions," Towns wrote. "We cannot stop the spread of this virus alone, it must be a group effort by all of us."
His girlfriend, Jordyn Woods, wrote a supportive message in the comments section of his Instagram post. "Praying for you baby. You got this. God's got you," she shared.
The actress shared that she tested positive for the virus on New Year's Day and had to quarantine away from her family, including daughter Lula Rose, 4, and son Sailor Gene, 5.
"I missed My babies beyond but they visited my window and called up to me and I watch them play outside. Such a gift. They sent little messages and drawings under my door," she wrote on Instagram. "Reminders of what's on the other side. What to get better for."
"Andy Murray has advised that he has tested positive to COVID-19 and is isolating at home in the UK," the tournament's Twitter account announced in a statement on Jan. 14. "Unfortunately this means he will be unable to join the official AO charter flights arriving in Australia in the coming days to go through the quarantine period with the other players."
The statement added: "The AO fans love Andy, and we know how much he loves competing here in Melbourne and how hard he'd worked for this opportunity."
On Jan. 13, the reality star shared on her Instagram Stories that she has had the virus for about two weeks, and has been isolating while she recovers.
"I've had covid (still recovering but I'm doing good today!!)" she wrote in one slide, adding that it's the first day in a long time that she's worn makeup because she had several virtual meetings to attend while still quarantining.
"Shoutout to Kroy who has been delivering me my necessities at the stairs. He's been bringing me all my clothes and food. He even brought me milk and cookies the other night," Brielle said of her step-father — though her mom, Kim Zolciak-Biermann, later clarified on her own Instagram Story that it was she who provided the sweet treats.
"So if your doctor thinks that even one more day of delay would have led you to being on a ventilator, which of course takes the mortality rate up dramatically, then you actually were walking that tightrope," host Dr. Mehmet Oz told Gosselin, who is now recovering at home.
"Yeah, I had a really bad COVID pneumonia based upon my numbers," Gosselin revealed. "Now, what's interesting is I didn't feel it. I didn't feel sick and I didn't feel pain ... but when you went to move or do anything and you felt so weak and you wanted to pass out, it was really scary."
"If my urinals were full, I had to stand up and use the bathroom, I would fear it because I'm like, 'Oh my God, I'm going to pass out. I can't breathe,' " he continued. "I called the nurse and I felt guilty calling the nurse all the time. Like, 'Can you just help me get this? Can you help me do that?' Everything, you feel like an invalid."
"You go from perfectly healthy one week to you can't do anything the next week," he added. "It was so weird. It's still weird now."