Wendy Williams Tests Positive for Breakthrough COVID amid Ongoing 'Health Evaluations'
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Wendy Williams tested positive for a groundbreaking case of COVID-19 while addressing other ongoing health issues.
Her diagnosis was announced on Wednesday on the Wendy Williams Show Instagram account.
"While continuing her health assessments, Wendy tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19," the statement said.
"To give Wendy time to quarantine and fully recover, and to ensure our production is compliant with all SAG / AFTRA and DGA-Covid protocols, we expect the 13." Meanwhile, there are reruns planned."
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Breakthrough cases - COVID-19 infections that occur in people fully vaccinated against the virus - are rare but possible and to be expected because the vaccines don't 100 percent prevent infection. Still, vaccinated people who test positive are likely to be asymptomatic or have a much milder illness than if they weren't vaccinated. The majority of deaths from COVID-19 - roughly 98 to 99 percent - occur in unvaccinated people.
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In another statement posted on the Instagram page last week, the Williams team announced that they are canceling their upcoming public appearances due to "ongoing health issues."
"Wendy is dealing with some ongoing health issues and is undergoing further evaluations," the statement said. "She won't be able to complete her promotional activities next week, but she can't wait to be back in her purple chair for the season 13 premiere on Monday, September 20th."
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Last May, the 57-year-old TV personality took a break from her talk show because of health concerns related to her Graves' disease. A spokesperson for the Wendy Williams Show told PEOPLE at the time that the star was "struggling with symptoms of Graves' disease, which causes fatigue."
In 2018, she opened up to PEOPLE about the immune system disruption, stating that she was diagnosed with Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism 19 years ago.
"I feel a hundred percent better than I did a few months ago. I had a storm in my body, I can best explain that," Williams said at the time.
"It was because I missed my six-month appointment in endocrinology. I have Graves' disease and an overactive thyroid. If you have one, you don't have to have the other, but I have both, and I had both 19 years ago diagnosed. " , "She added.
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