‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Alum Renée Felice Smith Cancels Plans Over New York COVID-19 Surge

by Samantha Whidden

On Saturday (December 18th), NCIS: Los Angeles alum Renée Felice Smith took to her Instagram to announce to her followers that she was forced to cancel plans over New York’s COVID surge. 

“Taken riiiight before I realized the whole of NY had weekend plans of contracting the ‘vid,” the former NCIS: Los Angeles star declared in her social media post. She also encouraged her followers to stay safe and smart, as well as get boosted. 

The former NCIS: Los Angeles castmate also shared an original High School Musical reference to encourage her followers to get their vaccine booster. “We’re all in this together. When we reach. We can fly. Know Inside. We can make it.”

New York City, where the NCIS: Los Angeles alum lives, is currently experiencing a major surge in COVID-19 cases. From December 4th to December 17th, New York City had nearly 54,000 cases. It’s been so bad that Saturday Night Live has officially canceled studio audiences over the latest COVID-19 variant, Omicron. The news was revealed on Twitter. “Due to the recent spike in the Omicron variant and out of an abundance of caution, there will be no live audience for tonight’s taping of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and the show will have limited cast and crew.” 

The show also reported that it continues to follow all government safety guidelines in addition to a rigorous testing protocol. “If you have won tickets to this show, you will be receiving more information soon. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

The difficult decision was notably made eight hours before the episode was set to air. Paul Rudd is hosting along with Charlie XCX. 

Along With NCIS: Los Angeles Alum Renée Felice Smith, Charlie Puth Has Also Tested Positive For COVID-19 

Meanwhile, NCIS: Los Angeles alum Renée Felice Smith is among the millions of people testing positive for COVID-19 this week. Charlie Puth also took to Twitter on Wednesday (December 15th) to announce he has contracted the illness. “Hey everyone,” the singer and songwriter began his post. “I tested positive for Covid this morning. I’m not feeling amazing but I think the worst is behind me.”

Puth then declared he writes to his followers with the update while feeling like a “complete ass” in hopes that his followers will be safe and careful this holiday season. “Love you and I’ll speak to you very soon.”

There have been more than 50.7 million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. since the pandemic began. A total of 170,035 on Friday (December 17th) alone. The recent COVID-19 surge comes just weeks after the discovery of the Omicron variant and the total number of deaths has now surpassed more than 800,000.