Hugh Sheridan's coronavirus test result was a 'false positive'

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Packed To The Rafters star Hugh Sheridan has revealed his coronavirus results were actually a ‘false positive’, clarifying to his fans that he in fact doesn’t have Covid-19.

The 35-year-old actor, who recently returned from Los Angeles to Australia, originally returned a positive test for the virus last week, but doctors told him on Thursday night he was actually negative for the virus.

Hugh Sheridan attends the 7th AACTA International Awards at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles on January 5, 2018 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Hugh Sheridan doesn't have coronavirus. Photo: Getty

“My latest test shows a NEGATIVE result for Covid,” Hugh wrote on his Instagram.

“I’ve been on the phone all night with the RPA Virtual hospital and my night nurse at my Hospital Hotel, it looks very much like it was a false positive on the 28th of August, which makes a lot of sense.”

The star said the whole process has been a “rollercoaster” and caused a “whirlwind of emotions”.

“It’s late now so I won’t know the next steps till the morning, but I wanted to share with you as so many people have shown SO MUCH kindness and concern, I am still OK. Thank YOU!”

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The Packed to the Rafters star kept his fans updated on Instagram. Photo: Channel 7

When Hugh made the announcement about his previous result online, he said the initial positive was “confusing”.

“I had a negative result when I arrived, I now know all my friends including who took me to LAX airport are all negative so it’s been confusing for me, it’s scary, frustrating & lonely,” he wrote.

“I always preach that it’s OK to not feel okay & to let people know how you feel. So by writing my honest feelings I’m trying to help release stigma around guys talking about feeling blue.”


He went on to say he had no symptoms and hadn’t the whole time but warned that the coronavirus is “seriously clever.”

It comes after Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson revealed he and his whole family had also tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a video posted on Wednesday, the 48-year-old shared that he and his wife, Lauren and their daughters Jasmine, 4, and Tiana, 2, all have been sick with the virus, but were now thankfully doing better.

“I could tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family, and for me, too, personally as well. And I've gone through some doozies in the past,” he said.

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