Kirsten Storms Tests Positive for COVID-19, Shares Detailed Experience in Series of Instagram Stories

Kirsten Storms, Maxie Jones, General Hospital
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In a post on her Instagram stories earlier this week, “General Hospital” star Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) announced that she has tested positive for COVID-19, reports Soaps In Depth.

“Three days ago I tested positive for COVID after thinking I had bronchitis,” Storms said at the time. “I was really sick the first day, day and a half, and now every time I sleep, when I wake up, I feel a little bit better.”

Following her post, Storms later joined former “GH” co-star and real-life bestie Emme Rylan (ex-Lulu Spencer) for an Instagram live chat with fans, explaining, “I was gonna go over to Emme’s house the other night for dinner and I was starting to not feel very good.” She added, “And then the next morning I woke up feeling just terrible. I thought I had bronchitis. I went to urgent care and they tested me for COVID and I tested positive. Cue a swift decline in how I felt [chuckles]. Like, 12 hours later, I was talking to Emme, just telling her I thought I was gonna die.”

Storms, who is fully vaccinated and had been long before a corporate mandate requiring performers to be vaccinated went into effect, noted, “I still got it. I’m not sure where I got it from. I moved the day before Christmas Eve… that was fun… I was pretty exhausted after that, too, so I feel like my immune system was already compromised, just from not having enough sleep and doing too much, being physically done.”

Feeling much better now, Storms recalled her initial experience and how things evolved from there.“Honestly, the first day was really bad, and then every single day, when I sleep, I wake up and feel better than when I went to bed. So I feel good today.”

On Monday, December 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it is shortening the recommended time for isolation for those who’ve tested positive for COVID-19. “People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter,” the health organization said.