The ongoing global coronavirus pandemic continues to affect everyone, and GENERAL HOSPITAL star Réal Andrews (Taggert) took to social media to share some bad news with his fans that he had tested positive for COVID-19. “Okay, so I tested positive the other day, which really sucks,” the actor revealed in an Instagram video. “But then it was a false positive because the next day I went I got a negative and a negative, but it still makes me have to sit out for 10 days.”
GH, like all the other daytime soaps and other entertainment productions, have strict COVID guidelines to protect their casts and crews from the dangerous virus. This winter, GH temporarily recast the role of Taggert with actor Asante Jones for a handful of episodes, but Andrews soon returned to the soap. Even with his subsequent negative test result, the positive COVID result still means that Andrews will have to take a short break from work to ensure evryone’s safety. When his castmate, Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan) caught COVID around the Thanksgiving holiday, she was temporarily recast with actress Tiffany Daniels until Henry was cleared to return to the studio. Whether or not GH is planning to recast Taggert again with Jones or another actor has not yet been announced.
“I’ll keep you up to speed,” Andrews promised. “I didn’t come in and tell you about it right away because obviously I was just devastated and frustrated, but I’m going to keep you in the loop, let you know how it goes. But that’s where we’re at right now. Taggert is sitting out on the sidelines.”
In the video, Andrews seems healthy, so hopefully, his initial COVID test result was a false positive. But please join us in wishing him well, and keep checking back at SoapsInDepth.com for the latest updates on his condition!