Daytime TV host Wendy Williams revealed she has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19 just days after she was spotted appearing sickly and wearing hospital socks outside her New York City apartment.
Williams, 57, said she would continue health assessments to give her time to quarantine and recover.
It means the Wendy Williams Show will delay the start of its 13th season until October 4, according to the show’s official Instagram. account.
Williams was seen unwell in NYC last Friday
The star has since revealed that she has tested positive for COVID-19
Williams had previously posted that she would be off the show until September 20 before learning she had contracted COVID-19.
The last time Wendy appeared on her show was on July 16.
Exclusive DailyMail.com photos showed the TV host getting out of a black SUV on Friday, wearing a gold and cream cloak and what looked like hospital socks as she walked on the wet sidewalk.
Williams, 57, was wearing a black mask when she was hand-led from the car to her home by her manager Bernie Young. Her son Kevin Hunter Jr, 21, was also seen entering her building behind a wheelchair and later caught an Uber trying to get out of the house.
Williams is among the small percentage of vaccinated Americans who have had breakthrough cases of COVID-19.
Wendy was last seen on her show on July 16, 2021. Her team said she will be back on October 14 to begin the show’s 13th season
Americans who have received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or one injection of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have less than a one in 13,000 chance of having a serious breakthrough, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
More than 99 percent of Covid hospitals and deaths in the US since January 2021 have occurred in unvaccinated people.
Those patients requiring hospital care due to a breakthrough case are likely to be older or suffering from underlying medical conditions, the CDC data suggests.
Last year it was announced that she would be taking a break from her daytime talk show as she struggled with health issues related to a diagnosis of Graves’ disease.
Graves’ disease is a disorder of the thyroid’s immune system that causes anxiety, tremors, and puffy or bulging eyes.
Wendy first caused public concern in October 2017 when she collapsed in front of the camera during a recording of her talk show.
In early 2018, she told her audience about the diagnosis of Graves’ disease.
“My thyroid is all cattywampus. I feel like there are birds swimming around my head… Constantly high. But not high,’ she said. ‘My doctor prescribed – are you ready? Three weeks vacation. I was pissed. Encore gigs, really?’
It’s been a turbulent few years for Wendy, who revealed she had Graves’ disease and lymphedema.
Wendy also revealed that she was diagnosed with lymphedema in 2019.
“It won’t kill me, but I do have a machine — and how dare you talk about the swelling of it all,” she said on her show. “I’ve got it under control, and if… [the swelling in] my feet and lower things never go all the way down, at least I have this machine.”
In 2018, Wendy spoke to PEOPLE about the immune system disorder.
“I feel 100 percent better than a few months ago. I had a storm in my body, that’s the best way to explain it,” she said at the time.
“It was because I neglected my six-month endocrinology appointment. I have Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism. If you have one, you don’t necessarily have to have the other, but I have both, and I was diagnosed 19 years ago,” Wendy said.
As of September 9, more than 177 million Americans have been fully vaccinated.
This number includes about 63 percent of all eligible Americans (over the age of 12), 65 percent of adults, and 82 percent of seniors.
The Pfizer, Moderna and J&J vaccines have all been shown to be incredibly effective in protecting against severe Covid disease – both in clinical trials and in the real world.
As a result, the vast majority of Covid patients filling emergency and intensive care units across the country have not been vaccinated.
Among those with serious breakthrough cases, 10,471 were hospitalized, although about 2,400 of those hospitalizations were asymptomatic or not Covid-related.
Similarly, 2,437 Americans have died after contracting a breakthrough infection — but about 500 of those deaths were asymptomatic or not directly caused by COVID-19.
In total, about 1.7 million Americans have been hospitalized with the virus since January 1, 2021, and 281,000 have died, according to federal data.
That means, for both hospitalizations and deaths, more than 99 percent of those affected by COVID-19 in 2021 were unvaccinated.