The CDC previously encouraged mask wearing to help prevent people from spreading COVID-19 to others.
“The Good Doctor” star Richard Schiff offered a happy update to his COVID-19 story Thursday: He’s out of the hospital and headed home.
“Covid update. Released from hospital. As we speak,” he tweeted Thursday afternoon, adding that his wife, actress Sheila Kelley, was on her way to pick him up.
He continued: “I’m so grateful for all the love and support. It’s overwhelmingly moving and touches me deeply. Thanks to fantastic nurses and docs. I’m aware of how lucky I am. So many still struggling.”
Schiff tweeted last week that he and Kelley had tested positive for coronavirus, and Monday he shared that he was in the hospital and grateful for “so much love and support.”
The “West Wing” alum said e was taking remdesivir and steroids, both treatments for the viral illness, and was on oxygen. On Wednesday, he tweeted that he was taken off oxygen.
He earlier said that Kelley was recovering from home and that he learned of his positive diagnosis on Election Day.
Besides appearing in ABC’s Freddie Highmore medical drama, Schiff took part in a get-out-the-vote, HBO Max “West Wing” special last month with fellow cast members, including Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Bradley Whitford, Janel Moloney and Dulé Hill.
Kelley, a “Good Doctor” cast member who starred in “L.A. Law” and “Sisters,” revealed the challenges faced by those dealing with COVID-19, along with their loved ones, in an Instagram post Monday.
Richard Schiff, who stars in ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” is seen at a 2019 ABC party celebrating the network’s shows. (Photo: Chris Pizzello, Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
“The last 72 hours have been tough. LOML (Love of my life) @therichardschiff is now in the hospital on oxygen and remdesivir,” Kelley said.
She offered thanks to supporters and some positive news about Schiff’s recovery.
“Thank you all of you for the prayers and love. We feel them. He’s doing better. Getting stronger,” she wrote.
In Schiff’s initial coronavirus-related tweet on Nov. 10, the actor called the time since the Election Day diagnoses “the most bizarre week of our lives.” He acknowledged the situation as “tough. We are determined to find a way to health again. We root for everyone out there who are struggling with this thing. Love from here.”
Schiff, 65, and Kelley, 59, married in 1996 and they have a son and a daughter. On “The Good Doctor,” his character, hospital officer and surgeon Aaron Glassman, and her character, one-time hospital barista Debbie Wexler, became a couple and eventually got married.
USA TODAY reached out to Schiff’s representative for comment.
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