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Season 17 Winner of 'American Idol' Laine Hardy Reveals Coronavirus Diagnosis

Season 17 Winner of 'American Idol' Laine Hardy Reveals Coronavirus Diagnosis

Laine Hardy has confirmed that he has Coronavirus.

The 19-year-old American Idol season 17 winner revealed his diagnosis on Facebook on Sunday evening (June 21).

“This wasn’t what I expected on the first day of summer. My doctor confirmed I have Coronavirus, but my symptoms are mild and I’m home recovering in quarantine. Y’all stay safe & healthy!” he shared on his page.

Laine was the winner of the second season of the competition show’s ABC revival, one year after Maddie Poppe.

He’s also getting ready to releasethe acoustic versions of his songs “Ground I Grew Up On” and “Let There Be Country”.

“Y’all have shown these two songs a ton of support and it means so much to me. So to say thanks I’m releasing the acoustic versions of both songs next Friday (6/26) and bringing back the #vTour to celebrate with shows on 6/25 and 7/9 🎟️ You can get your tickets now. Link in bio. #GroundIGrewUpOn #LetThereBeCountry,” he shared on Instagram recently.

Fans Petition For Disneyland To Push Back Reopening Date Further Due To Rising Coronavirus Cases

Fans Petition For Disneyland To Push Back Reopening Date Further Due To Rising Coronavirus Cases

While a lot of Disney fans are excited about the possibility of Disneyland reopening, there are others that don’t feel the same.

Earlier this week, Disneyland announced it’s plans to reopen it’s parks, hotels and Downtown Disney district amid the pandemic, three months after closing it’s doors.

The Anaheim parks are planning to open back up on Disneyland’s 65 year anniversary, July 17th. While the plans have been submitted, they still await government approval.

“We Are Anonymous” started a petition on Change.org calling on Disney to not reopen so fast as “Covid-19 cases are rising and have not dropped,” and there “more cases now than when the parks closed on March 13th, 2020.”

“Health Officials have stated that the 2nd wave of Covid-19 will be worse. So reopening before the 2nd wave even hits us is irresponsible and greedy. I understand everyone is rejoicing for the reopening of the parks but not during a pandemic where people are DYING, now is not the time,” the petition reads.

“On March 27th, 2020 Disney Parks released a statement, ‘the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company’s top priority.’ The solution would be to reschedule Disneyland to reopen the parks at a later date when cases of Covid-19 drop and Health Officials state it is safer for everyone but to still practice social distancing.”

At the time of this post, the petition needed just over a thousand more signatures.

In case you missed it, Disney fans are also calling on Disneyland to refurbish one of it’s rides with a new theme!

Universal Studios Orlando Sets Theme Park Re-Open Date Amid Pandemic

Universal Studios Orlando Sets Theme Park Re-Open Date Amid Pandemic

The Universal Studios Orlando theme park is set to re-open to the public in just a couple of weeks!

It was just announced that the park will open to employees on Monday, June 1st and the general public on Friday, June 5th, THR reports.

The park has been closed since mid-March when theme parks across the country all shut their doors.

Parts of the CityWalk area of the resort opened up earlier this month on May 14th, and now more parts of the resort will be open.

“The health and safety of our guests and team members remains our top priority and we are taking specific measures that include screening our guests and team members, social distancing and requiring everyone to wear a face covering,” the Universal Orlando website reads. We will also be limiting capacity at venues and increasing our already-aggressive cleaning and disinfection procedures.”

For more from their new procedures, visit UniversalOrlando.com!

Find out about opening dates for another Orlando resort – Walt Disney World.

BTS Member Jungkook Gets Tested For Coronavirus

BTS Member Jungkook Gets Tested For Coronavirus

Jungkook has received the results of his Coronavirus test.

The BTS member went out to a restaurant with other K-Pop stars NCT 127’s Jaehyun, SEVENTEEN’s Mingyu and Cha Eunwoo from ASTRO towards the end of April.

BTS management, Big Hit Entertainment, confirmed in a statement that Jungkook‘s results came back negative, as did the other singers as well.

Jungkook visited a restaurant and bar in the neighbourhood of Itaewon with his acquaintances,” a statement read, via NME. “He showed no symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or a fever following the visit. He voluntarily received a test for COVID-19 at a government-designated hospital and tested negative.

“The artist himself is currently feeling deeply regretful for not having faithfully contributed to the entire society’s social distancing efforts,” they added.

JK Rowling Announces Pandemic Donation on Battle of Hogwarts Anniversary

JK Rowling Announces Pandemic Donation on Battle of Hogwarts Anniversary

JK Rowling is making a big donation to those being affected by the pandemic.

The Harry Potter author announced a £1 million donation, split between two different organizations.

JK felt uncomfortable celebrating the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, which took place in the final Harry Potter movie, Deathly Hallows Part II.

“Today’s the 22nd anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, but I’m going to be honest and say that it feels inappropriate to talk about fictional deaths today. Too many people are losing loved ones in the real world,” she wrote on Twitter.

“So on this anniversary of a great wizarding victory, I’m thinking of the people who’re out there doing their jobs to protect us and our way of life. I have 3 key workers in my immediate family, and like all such relatives, I’m torn between pride and anxiety,” JK added.

“As ever in a crisis of this sort, the poorest and most vulnerable are hit hardest, so in honour of the Battle of Hogwarts, I’ll be making a donation of £1m, half of which will go to https://crisis.org.uk, who’re helping the homeless during the pandemic,” she continued. “and half of which will go to https://refuge.org.uk, because we know that domestic abuse has, sadly, increased hugely during the lockdown.”

Billie Eilish Is Not Doing This During Quarantine Like Other Celebs

Billie Eilish Is Not Doing This During Quarantine Like Other Celebs

Billie Eilish is using her quarantine time a little differently than other celebs.

The 18-year-old recently opened up about not wanting to do certain things like many other people are doing.

“I feel like everybody on the internet has been talking about like, they’ve been on FaceTime all day long with their friends,” she said on the Telekom Electronic Beats podcast, via MTV. “I kind of have this feeling of like, I love my friends, I can’t wait to see them, I do miss them a lot, but at the same time I’m like, I don’t know, I’m good. I haven’t had this time off since I was like 12, so yeah, it’s crazy.”

Billie will, however, be taking part in the Global Citizen One World at Home special this weekend. Find out more HERE!

Liz Mace of Megan & Liz Tests Positive for Coronavirus at 27

Liz Mace of Megan & Liz Tests Positive for Coronavirus at 27

Liz Mace has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The 27-year-old musical artist – one-half of pop duo Megan and Liz along with her fraternal twin sister Megan Mace – took to Instagram on Saturday (March 21) to share her experience with fans.

“This is a difficult post for me to post, but I felt I had to,” Liz captioned the photo below from Nashville, Tenn. “Today I tested positive for COVID-19, Corona Virus.”

“I want to start off by saying this is hard because truly I’m embarrassed,” she continued. “Everyone keeps telling me that it’s fine and it’s a global pandemic and not to be embarrassed, but I am the first person in my friends and family/close/extended circle even to be tested – let alone test positive.”

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