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Every Famous Person Who Has Tested Positive For COVID-19

Updated February 25, 2021 • 2:18pm PST 78.8k views145 items

It’s official: America’s dad became the first celebrity to receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Tom Hanks posted on Instagram that he and his wife Rita Wilson, who were in Australia while he filmed a movie, both were among the first celebrities to test positive. By late November 2020, as America's infection numbers rose to heights not seen since the beginning of the pandemic, several politicians reported testing positive for coronavirus. Among them: Rick Scott, Chuck Grassley, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump. Other members of President Trump's family with COVID-19 include first lady Melania Trump, their son Barron, and Donald Trump Jr.

These are not the only famous people to have been touched by COVID-19, however. Since February 2020, more than 100 famous people - not to mention more than 20 million other people in America - have revealed their diagnoses and updated the public on their health. The first recorded case of the virus in humans was in Wuhan, China, in November or December 2019. 

Don’t panic. Wash your hands, put on your mask, avoid large public gatherings, and check back to see if any of your favorite celebrities have landed on the list.

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  • Garth Brooks revealed in a statement on February 24, 2021, that his wife, fellow country singer Trisha Yearwood, had tested positive for the virus. 

    "The Queen and I have now tested twice," the country star said, adding, "Officially, she's diagnosed as 'on her way out of the tunnel' now, though, which I'm extremely thankful for. Anyone who knows me knows my world begins and ends with Miss Yearwood, so she and I will ride through this together."

    The news comes after another announcement, tweeted on February 11, 2021, that the pair were "canceling everything and testing and quarantining for two weeks," becuase a member on the team had tested positive. 

    Patricia Lynn Yearwood (born September 19, 1964) is an American country music artist, actress, author, television personality and celebrity chef. She rose to fame with her 1991 debut single "She's in Love with the Boy", which became a number one hit on the Billboard country singles chart. Its corresponding self-titled debut album would sell over two million copies. Yearwood continued a series of major country hits during the early 1990s including "Walkaway Joe" (1992), "The Song Remembers When" (1993), "XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)" (1994) and "Believe Me Baby (I Lied)" (1996). Yearwood's 1997 single "How Do I Live" reached number two on the country singles chart and was...  more
    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Monticello, Georgia, United States of America

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  • Andrew Yang

    Andrew Yang, a former Democratic candidate for president who is currently running for mayor of New York City, tested positive on February 2, 2021, he said in a statement.

    Yang also took to Instagram to share the news, writing, "After testing negative as recently as this weekend, I have taken a positive COVID rapid test. I'm experiencing mild symptoms, but am otherwise feeling well and in good spirits. I'm quarantining and adhering to public health guidelines until I can get back out on the campaign trail." 

    The results come just two weeks after Yang announced he was quarantining because he was exposed to COVID-19 from a campaign staffer. 

    "When the time is right, I look forward to once again hitting the campaign trail and advancing a positive vision for our city's future," Yang said in his statement. 

    Andrew M. Yang (born January 13, 1975) is an American entrepreneur, politician, philanthropist and Democratic candidate for New York City mayor. Originally a lawyer, Yang began working in startups and early stage growth companies as a founder or executive from 2000 to 2009. In 2011, he founded Venture for America (VFA), a nonprofit organization focused on creating jobs in cities struggling to recover from the Great Recession. He ran in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries, and is running in the 2021 New York City mayoral election. The son of immigrants from Taiwan, Yang was born and raised in New York. He attended Brown University and then Columbia Law School. Dissatisfied with his...  more
    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Schenectady, New York
  • Shawn Johnson
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    Former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson revealed on her Instagram Story on January 31, 2021, that she had tested positive

    The athlete, who is currently pregnant with her second child with husband Andrew East, "It’s been a long two weeks of RSV with Drew and now this… my body is exhausted." Her one-year-old daughter has been fighting a respiratory virus. 

    "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," Johnson added. 

    Shawn Machel Johnson East (born January 19, 1992) is an American former artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist. Johnson is also a five-time Pan American Games gold medalist, winning the team titles in 2007 and 2011, as well as titles in the all-around, uneven bars, and balance beam in 2007. Johnson became a member of the U.S. senior team in 2007. She had one of the best rookie seasons ever recorded in the history of gymnastics, winning the all-around at the American Cup, Pan American Games, U.S. National Championships, and World Championships all in her first year as a senior gymnast. She is the 2007...  more
    • Age: 28
    • Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Simpsons writer and producer Marc Wilmore passed away at 57 due to complications from the coronavirus. 

    "My sweet sweet brother, Marc Edward Wilmore, passed away last night while battling COVID and other conditions that have had him in pain for many years. My brother was the kindest, gentlest, funniest, lion of an angel I’ve ever known. I love you little brother," comedian Larry Wilmore tweeted on January 31, 2021. 

    Marc Edward Wilmore (May 4, 1963 – January 30, 2021) was a television writer, producer, actor, and comedian. He was a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona. In the early 1990s, he was a writer for In Living Color, and became a regular cast member in the final (1993–94) season. From 1999 to 2001, he served as a writer for the claymation series The PJs, and provided the voice of the character Walter. He was a writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2000, he became a writer and producer for The Simpsons. His older brother Larry Wilmore is also a writer, producer and actor....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 57 (1963-2021)
    • Birthplace: San Bernardino County, California