December 1, 2021
AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2020

Derek Hough tests positive for breakthrough COVID less than a week before Dancing With the Stars finale

Derek Hough has examined positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19

The Dancing with the Stars decide, 36, revealed the information in an Instagram video Tuesday. 

“Even though I’ve been fully vaccinated, I’ve just been diagnosed with a breakthrough case of COVID,” he started. “I just found out and I feel okay. I feel strong. I’m currently taking advice from medical professionals to get better as fast as I can.” 

He continued, “I’m currently in quarantine. I’ll make sure to keep you guys all updated with what’s going on, but I just want to send my love out there to all. Stay safe.”

Hough didn’t share his plans for subsequent week’s DWTS season 30 finale, however did notice in his caption that his Las Vegas shows this week shall be rescheduled for a later date.

The skilled dancer had a previous scare with COVID and was absent from week 3 of the competitors present in October. He returned to the present the following week.

“Due to a potential COVID exposure and an abundance of caution, Derek has elected to sit out this taping of DWTS,” ABC mentioned in a assertion obtained by PEOPLE at the time.

His latest positive check additionally comes after season 30 contestant Cody Rigsby and his professional accomplice Cheryl Burke each contracted cases of breakthrough COVID and needed to carry out a dance virtually from their respective homes whereas finishing their quarantines.

Derek Hough | Credit score: GETTY IMAGES

In a assertion to PEOPLE forward of the unprecedented distant efficiency, a rep for DWTS laid out the show’s COVID safety plan, which incorporates masks, frequent testing and a “pod system” for hair and make-up.

“We follow CDC guidelines and a comprehensive safety plan that includes social distancing, PPE and KN95 masks,” the rep mentioned. “​All of Zone A is required to be fully vaccinated, regular testing of cast and crew and more. ​On set we have a strict pod system, all couples have their own hair and makeup so the pods are no more than four people.”

Zone A, the rep mentioned, is anybody who’s allowed to have contact with expertise once they’re unmasked, similar to a stage supervisor.

The present rep additionally mentioned that if anybody on the present tests positive for the virus, they need to quarantine per CDC tips. 

The Dancing with the Stars season 30 finale will air Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Breakthrough cases — COVID-19 infections that happen in individuals who have been absolutely vaccinated in opposition to the virus — are uncommon, however attainable and anticipated, as the vaccines should not one hundred pc efficient in stopping infections. Nonetheless, vaccinated individuals who check positive will possible be asymptomatic or expertise a far milder sickness than in the event that they weren’t vaccinated. Nearly all of deaths from COVID-19 — round 98 to 99 % — are in unvaccinated people.



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