D’Andra Simmons has been hospitalized following a positive COVID-19 test.
After season five “friend of” the Real Housewives of Dallas cast Jennifer Davis Long broke the news on her Instagram Stories in a now-deleted post, claiming D’Andra was in the ICU, D’Andra’s rep is speaking out about her condition.
“Please pray for [D’Andra Simmons]. She has COVID, is in ICU on oxygen,” Jennifer had written in her post, via a screenshot shared by Jane Herz on Twitter on December 28.
While D’Andra, 51, has not yet publicly spoken about her diagnosis, her rep, Kelly Brady, confirmed the diagnosis to Heavy shortly after Jennifer’s Story was shared.
“I can confirm that D’Andra Simmons has tested positive for [COVID-19] and has been admitted to the COVID ward at UT Southwestern Hospital in Texas,” Kelly said in a statement. “Her oxygen levels were borderline and she will start Remdesivir. At this time we ask you to respect her and family’s privacy and to send your prayers for a speedy recovery.”
“We get COVID tests either weekly or biweekly, so especially now when we do go on our what our version of what a cast trip is, because you can’t really go that far, you do get COVID tests and so does the entire crew,” she said. “I think they’re being very responsible and very careful, because of course, we were thinking, ‘How are we going to do this in a pandemic?’ But it has worked, and knock on wood none of the cast has had any issues with COVID.”
As for what fans can expect to see when RHOD returns next month, D’Andra told Reality Blurb in August that the new episodes will be much different than what fans have seen in past seasons due to the restrictions they were under.
“It’s really forced everyone to come to the table with a very rich personal story,” she explained. “I have a very heart-wrenching story this year and I know some of the other girls do too. People dig deep. They go there. There’s a lot of interesting twists and turns. I’m very proud of our show this year.”
The Real Housewives of Dallas season five premieres on Tuesday, January 5, at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
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