“Dancing with the Stars” contestant Cody Rigsby — a Peloton fitness instructor sometimes called the “King of Quarantine” — announced Thursday he has tested positive for COVID-19, just days after his dance partner Cheryl Burke also came down with the virus.
Rigsby, who gained fame as people switched to home workouts during the pandemic, announced his diagnosis on Instagram.
“Hi friends, I wanted to check in with you to share some news. While I am fully vaccinated and took many precautions, following CDC guidelines, I recently tested positive for COVID-19,” the 34-year-old Rigsby wrote. “To properly rest and recover as well as avoid exposing others, I will be taking a break in the coming days. I appreciate all your support, and I’ll be back as soon as I am ready.”
In an accompanying video, Rigsby detailed his symptoms and noted that it’s the second time he has tested positive for the virus.
“I have tested positive for COVID again, the second time this year,” he said. “I right now have really mild symptoms — congestion, little bit of a headache, cough — but in comparison to when I had COVID earlier this year, it is night and day, so that must be the vaccine and the antibodies working, so we’re super grateful for that. As far as my fate on `Dancing With the Stars,’ we are still trying to figure that out right now, so please be patient with that answer.”
His “Dancing with the Stars” partner, Cheryl Burke, also tested positive for the virus and was in quarantine as of Monday.
In an Instagram video posted late Sunday, Burke said she was fully vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine and felt bad about disappointing her dance partner.
“I just hope I didn’t spread it. For those of you who don’t think COVID is a real thing, it’s (expletive) real, dude,” Burke, 37, said.
At that time, she said she planned to quarantine for 10 days, while expressing disbelief that she caught the virus.