Aaron Tveit, who starred in Broadway’s Moulin Rouge! the Musical before it was shutdown earlier this month, has tested positive for coronavirus.
“Hey everyone. I just wanted to update you all that I’ve found out that I’ve tested positive for Covid-19,” he wrote in an Instagram post on Monday alongside a photo of his dog Miles, who’s been “loving all this extra time at home” with him. “I’ve been in quarantine since Broadway shows shut down on Thursday, March 12th, and I’m feeling much better.”
The actor, who also appeared on TV’s “Gossip Girl,” said he considers himself lucky because his symptoms have been mild. Most significantly, he has been experiencing “the loss of taste and smell, which I think is a big sign for people who are otherwise asymptotic.”
“I have been taking this situation extremely seriously, even before I was tested,” he wrote. “I want everyone to realize that this can affect anyone. And even if you aren’t feeling sick or showing drastic symptoms – please take heed, stay safe, stay healthy and I hope to see everyone at the theater again soon.”
Tveit, 36, said he was tested on March 16 and just got the results back.
And this just in from Sen. Amy Klobuchar:
I have news that many Americans are facing right now: my husband John has the coronavirus. We just got the test results at 7 a.m. this morning. While I cannot see him and he is of course cut off from all visitors, our daughter Abigail and I are constantly calling and texting and emailing. We love him very much and pray for his recovery. He is exhausted and sick but a very strong and resilient person.
John started to feel sick when I was in Minnesota and he was in Washington D.C. and like so many others who have had the disease, he thought it was just a cold. Yet he immediately quarantined himself just in case and stopped going to his job teaching in Baltimore.
He kept having a temperature and a bad, bad cough and when he started coughing up blood he got a test and a chest X-ray and they checked him into a hospital in Virginia because of a variety of things including very low oxygen levels which haven’t really improved. He now has pneumonia and is on oxygen but not a ventilator.