Derek Hough announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
On Tuesday, November 16, the former ‘DWTS’ contender announced the unfortunate news on his Instagram.
In a 33-second video published to his account, Hough says, “Hey everyone, I have some news to share and I wanted you to hear it straight from me. Um, even though I’ve been fully vaccinated, I’ve just been diagnosed with a breakthrough case of COVID. I just found out and I feel ok.”
Derek reveals he has COVID-19
The dancing pro continued, “I’m currently taking advice from medical professionals. Doing everything I can to get better as fast as I can. I’m currently in quarantine. I’ll make sure I keep you guys all updated with what’s going on, but just wanted to send a lot of love out to all and, yeah, stay safe.”
He captioned the video, “UPDATE: This week’s shows in Vegas will be rescheduled for a date soon, stay tuned and I’ll announce the new dates shortly! Sharing some news 🙏🏼❤️.”
An outpouring of love and support took over the comments section of his post.
Maria Menunos wrote, “Get better soon friend.”
Amy Purdy replied, “Sending you love & healing thoughts! Get better soon friend. 🙌🙌🙌,” while another friend commented, “Stay safe D.”
The news is shocking and very alarming given that Derek was present at Monday night’s “Dancing with the Stars” taping.
Derek was COVID positive at Monday’s taping
Monday, November 15, marked the first week of semi-finals where Derek served as one of the judges.
So, what does this mean for the judges who sat within six feet of the dancer and were not wearing masks?
It could mean very bad news is to come.
What does his diagnosis mean for the show?!?
His positive COVID test could potentially mean show tapings and performances get pushed back while the entire cast and crew get tested for the virus and possibly quarantine.
ABC has not yet issued a formal statement on the matter and referred outlets to Derek’s IG video.
‘Dancing’s’ official social media accounts have not yet published any formal statement on the matter.