Broadcaster Wendy Williams Tests Positive for Breakthrough COVID-19 amid Ongoing Health Issues
Television host Wendy Williams is currently battling multiple health issues in addition to testing positive for COVID-19 following vaccination.
"The Wendy Williams Show” announced on Instagram on Wednesday, September 15, that media personality Wendy Williams tested positive for a breakthrough case of the virus, writing:
“While continuing her health evaluations, Wendy has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19.”
Wendy Williams attends the ceremony honoring her with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on October 17, 2019 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images
The statement noted that to allow the 57-year-old time to quarantine and fully recover, they need to ensure that production abides by all SAG/AFTRA and DGA COVID-19 protocols.
Therefore, they need to push the expected launch of the 13th season of the TV show to Monday, October 4, 2021. In the meantime, repeats will be scheduled.
TV show host Wendy Williams discusses her daytime talk show at Build Studio on April 17, 2017 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
Fans of the show and fellow celebrities flooded the comments section to send well wishes of a speedy recovery to the New Jersey native.
British broadcaster Sharon Carpenter commented, "Rest up, Wendy and get well soon. We love you" alongside a red heart emoji. At the same time, many others sent their prayers.
Breakthrough cases are COVID-19 infections that occur on people who have been fully vaccinated against the virus and are considered rare.
However, they are not entirely impossible as they are also anticipated seeing vaccines are not 100 percent effective in preventing infections.
Studies have proven the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines declined in New York, where Williams resides.
The health update from the production comes five days after the show revealed Williams was experiencing ongoing health issues and would be unable to continue with her promotional activities.
When the show's production first shut down at the beginning of the ongoing pandemic, it was filmed remotely for two months from her home.
Meanwhile, research revealed there has been a significant change in the effectiveness of the vaccines. Studies have proven the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines declined in New York, where Williams resides.
Last September, she told USA Today that the pandemic does not affect how she and her team do the show . She also said it does not matter whether she presents to or without a live audience, because they can expect her bubbly self and the same show either way.