Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott) and Melissa Ordway (Abby Newman) shared on social media that both have tested positive for COVID. The diagnosis is doubly disappointing because both performers are nominated for Daytime Emmys this year and will now not be able to attend the festivities.
"After two-and-a-half years of dodging Covid...I finally tested positive," Thompson shared in an Instagram video.
The actor described his symptoms as something like a "minor cold" but acknowledged that those mild symptoms have not been the case for many people.
He went on to say that he was "bummed" that he would not be able to attend the Daytime Emmys and a friend's wedding in Wyoming this weekend.
"To all my fellow nominees and friends, I wish you all the best, have a fantastic night celebrating what we do. To the best fans in the world, like most of you I will be watching from home cheering on our favorites," Thompson wrote.
Ordway, who is a first-time nominee this year, said that she is "so disappointed that I won't be able to celebrate with everyone." The actress seemed particularly heartbroken to not be able to share the evening with her parents.
"It has always been a dream of mine to be nominated for a daytime Emmy Award and to bring my parents to the show," Ordway wrote. "To my amazing parents, I'm so sorry that this weekend is falling apart. I was so excited to attend the awards with you."
Ordway shared that she is "asymptomatic" and that no one in her household is sick.
All, however, is not lost for Ordway and Thompson. In a reply to Ordway's message on Twitter, Soap Central's Dan J Kroll suggested that Melissa "get gussied up" and video conference him so that she could still walk the Red Carpet -- even if it has to be a virtual walk. Ordway enthusiastically replied that the idea sounded like fun, and she was on board.
Sending you love and healing vibes, Melissa. And if you want to get gussied up, we can Zoom you from the Red Carpet before or after. Your nomination was well-deserved and I still want to make sure you are celebrated.— Dan J Kroll (@DanJKroll) June 24, 2022
Moments later, Thompson also agreed to the virtual Red Carpet interview.
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