Comedian Kathy Griffin, 59, has been admitted to an “isolation ward room” after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
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He’s lying. I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms. The hospital couldn’t test me for #coronavirus because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions. #TESTTESTTEST
On Wednesday, Kathy posted a pic from her hospital room. She wrote on Instagram, “I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms. The hospital couldn’t test me for #coronavirus because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions. #TESTTESTTEST.”
Griffin also called out President Trump, writing, “He’s lying.” She was referring to his recent tweet, “Just reported that the United States has done far more 'testing' than any other nation, by far! In fact, over an eight day span, the United States now does more testing than what South Korea (which has been a very successful tester) does over an eight week span. Great job!”
The actual numbers reveal the far larger U.S. tested over 40,000 fewer people in an eight-day span.
Kathy’s hospitalization comes on the heels of her mom’s passing. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, she has not been able to hold a funeral for her mom, who died at the age of 99 after suffering dementia. Last week, Kathy tweeted, “I know there are many of you dealing with this surreal problem. I don’t know how to memorialize Maggie yet. Privately grieving, of course. A virtual memorial? Not sure if that would suit Ms Maggie. Still open to it. Everything is changing so fast. I’m so grateful to you guys.”
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As heartbreaking as this is, I feel the need to share some important info about my mom Maggie. I've always been honest with you all, but this one is really hard. The pic below, taken in September, was the last time I was able to have a proper/coherent conversation with her.Since that photo was taken, she has rapidly fallen into the throes of dementia. This is never easy for any child, I know this is a reality that millions of people deal with every year. But when it comes to my mom this is particularly hard because her sharp mind was everything. My mom is 98 and up until this past couple years she was so sharp she always kept me on my toes. Her mind was so naturally quick, funny, and smart. No one could get anything past her. Watching that slip away so fast has been devastating.I want to assure you all that she is not in pain and she is getting the best 24-hour care. In terms of how she is now, at this point she only knows my name and I love you. I know many of you know what that reality is like...I'm still grappling with it. A big reason I'm sharing this news with you is that so many of you have asked why I haven't posted a video of Maggie & her beloved dog Twinkle in the past few months. Now you understand why we haven't been able to share anything, here is a moment between them from this summer. What I am most proud of when I comes to My Life On The D List is that show gave me the opportunity to show the world how naturally funny my parents were. When people tell me they feel like they know my mom, I always respond "you do!" She never put on a show, she was the show. If you ever met my mom and asked for a photo, you should know it was a pleasure as much for her as it was for you. She loved making people happy and making people laugh. And trust me, I know she was the bigger star...thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving us a lifetime of memories.
Kathy's sister Joyce died of cancer at 65 in 2017.
On the same day she revealed her hospitalization, Kathy also shared notes from her celebrity friends Kris Jenner, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, writing on Instagram, “Thank you to my beautiful friends for these gorgeous flowers in honor of Maggie. I’m very touched. @krisjenner @kourtneykardash @kimkardashian @khloekardashian @robkardashianofficial @kendalljenner @kyliejenner @gabunion @dwyanewade.”
While the coronavirus death toll has surpassed 20,000 worldwide — among them at least 1,000 in the U.S. — leading to strict social distancing guidelines, most who become ill recover over time.
Over the weekend, Tom Hanks revealed that he and wife Rita Wilson are feeling better after their diagnosis. He tweeted, “Hey, folks. Two weeks after our first symptoms and we feel better.”
Rita was well enough to rap while they remained quarantined in Australia. She posted a video of herself rapping Naughty by Nature’s hit song “Hip Hop Hooray,” captioning the post, “Quarantine Stir Crazy.”
Rita and Tom aren’t the only ones improving — actress Olga Kurylenko is also “completely recovered.” Over the weekend, she shared on Instagram, “For one week I felt pretty bad and was mostly in bed, sleeping, with high fever and strong headache. The second week, the fever was gone but some light cough appeared and I felt very tired. By the end of the second week I felt totally fine. Cough is almost gone although I still cough in the mornings but then it completely goes away for the day! I’m fine!”
Just days after revealing his positive test, Daniel Dae Kim is “back to normal.” Crediting the effects of hydroxychloroquine, he said in an Instagram video on Saturday, "Yes, this is the drug that the President mentioned the other day. It is also the drug that Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned us about. He said that evidence that the drug was promising is anecdotal, and that is correct. It means it wasn’t studied, and it’s only based on personal accounts. Well, add my name to those personal accounts, because I am feeling better.”
Kim also revealed that he was taking Tamiflu and using both a Z-pack and an inhaler to aid in his recovery.