The Good Doctor‘s Richard Schiff announced late Tuesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. The actor’s wife, Sheila Kelley — who co-stars on the ABC drama as the spouse of Schiff’s Dr. Glassman — has similarly tested positive.
“On Election Day I tested positive for Covid-19,” Schiff revealed on Twitter. “This has been the most bizarre week of our lives. Sheila Kelley is also positive. This is 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.”
On Election Day I tested positive for Covid-19. This has been the most bizarre week of our lives. @thesheilakelley is also positive. This is 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.
— Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) November 10, 2020
In a subsequent Instagram post, Kelley elaborated on Schiff’s announcement. “We‘re quarantined in our home in Vancouver, recovering,” she shared. “This virus is a slippery sucker. One minute you feel almost fine and the next you can’t catch your breath. Symptoms change radically daily even hourly.”
According to a Good Doctor source, the show’s shooting schedule has been adjusted to accommodate Schiff’s temporary leave and there has been no discernible impact to production. Reps at ABC and Sony Pictures Television declined to comment.
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