Sharon Osbourne Tests Positive for Coronavirus and The Talk Host Reveals Brief Hospitalization
Sharon, 68, revealed her diagnosis with an Instagram post on Monday, also disclosing that she was briefly hospitalized with the contagious respiratory illness.
"I wanted to share I've tested positive for COVID-19," the talk show host 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.
Those who work on Sharon's show sent their well-wishes on social media.
"Wishing you a speedy recovery, Mrs. O, we love you," The Talk's Twitter said in response to Sharon's announcement.
Sharon's testing positive comes just days after her Talk cohost Carrie Ann Inaba contracted the virus.
"As you can see, Carrie Ann is not here with us today," Sheryl Underwood told viewers during Thursday's broadcast. "She found out this morning that she tested positive for COVID-19. Obviously, our thoughts are with her, we love her, and we're praying for a full recovery. And, out of an abundance of caution, Mrs. O will be doing the show from home today, even though she tested negative for the coronavirus."
"I send all my love and prayers to Carrie Ann," Sharon added at the time.
PEOPLE confirmed last week that Thursday's show was the scheduled last day of production for 2020, and that the show will be on hiatus until Jan. 4. Episodes airing this week were pre-taped.
Inaba also shared the news on Instagram last week, saying that she was experiencing symptoms of a fever, a bad cough and "lots of aches and pains."
"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," she added.
The Talk is taped in Los Angeles, which, like much of the rest of the country, is currently experiencing an intense outbreak of COVID-19. There were 7,344 new cases of the virus reported on Monday alone, and there have been at least 532,730 in LA County, according to the public health department.
Nationwide, there have been more than 16.5 million cases of COVID-19, and at least 300,880 people have died related to the virus, according to data from the New York Times.
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