'DWTS': Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke share how they will compete from home due to COVID-19

The two have tested positive for COVID-19.

ByGood Morning America via via logo
October 4, 2021, 5:24 PM

After "Dancing With the Stars" competitor Cody Rigsby revealed last week that he'd tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time this year, he and his partner Cheryl Burke explained how they will compete on the reality show this week.

Rigsby and Burke, who announced on Sept. 26 that she'd tested positive for the virus, will perform separately in their homes.

"We're going to be doing it from the comfort of our own home," Burke told "Good Morning America" last Thursday. "Look at that, I've turned our living room into a ballroom!"

Added Rigsby at the time: "I'm feeling OK but I'm so excited to dance for Britney [Spears] week on 'Dancing With the Stars' one way or the other."

Rigsby, who is fully vaccinated, did not attend last Monday night's taping of "Dancing With the Stars" because he and Burke had been in close contact prior to her positive test. Instead of grading a performance, judges evaluated rehearsal footage of Rigsby and Burke dancing the salsa to Camila Cabello's song, "Don't Go Yet." They earned a score of 24/40.

"I'm just grateful that I got vaccinated [because] I know it could have been way worse," Burke said at the time. "And I'm proud of Cody. He worked so hard this week. I just hope to be back soon in the ballroom."

"You need to ride the wave and pivot," Rigsby added. "That's what we did."

The vaccines for COVID-19 are effective but no vaccine is able to prevent illness 100% of the time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is evidence indicating that those who are vaccinated may develop less severe cases than those who are not, and the risk of infection, hospitalization and death are all considerably lower in those who are vaccinated, the organization reported.

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