SAN ANTONIO — Gabriel 'Fluffy' Iglesias announced Thursday that he will be cancelling the remainder of his shows at the Tobin Center due to contracting COVID-19.
In a video on his Twitter page, Iglesias said that he got tested by two different tests and they both came back positive. Iglesias said he started showing symptoms like body aches and chills.
"Other than that, I feel pretty good," Iglesias said in the video. "My health is pretty good. I've been vaccinated and I credit that to getting me through as quickly as it did."
Iglesias finished off the video by saying he will go back to work as soon as he has three negative tests and urged everyone to try and stay safe.
Thursday is Iglesias's birthday. He said he was happy to have cake even if he couldn't smell it or taste it.
The Tobin Center shared information about how people with tickets will be reimbursed and addressed safety protocols the venue has taken:
"An automatic refund to all ticketholders will occur within the next 24 hours. For ticket holders who have paid by credit card, please allow 3-5 business days for the refund to post to your account. For ticket holders who have paid by check or cash, checks will be mailed within 3-4 weeks. There is no further action necessary for ticketholders. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the box office via email at email@example.com.
The Tobin Center would like to reassure its patrons that Mr. Iglesias has not been in the building since testing positive for COVID-19. Our strict COVID-19 safety and cleaning protocols have been in place during his entire run and will remain in place to protect our staff, our volunteers, and our audience members – this safety always has and will continue to be our primary objective. For a full list of Covid safety protocols at The Tobin Center, please visit our website at www.tobincenter.org/covid."
Dr. Robert Leverence, Chief Medical Officer of the Multispecialty Medical Practice at UT Health San Antonio, says even though it’s not likely for someone who’s been vaccinated to get the virus, it’s not impossible.
“Nobody’s safe from getting sick from this. It looks as if we’re at the beginning of a swelling, a small surge of COVID here in San Antonio. Not surprising we’ve been expecting this. As we enter this swelling, I would even recommend people who have been vaccinated if they’re in a crowded area I would wear a mask,” Dr. Leverence said.
Dr. Leverence says being vaccinated won’t prevent you getting the coronavirus, but it can significantly reduce your symptoms if you do.
“It could save your life even if your healthy now. Healthy people are getting sick,” Dr. Leverence said.
“My health is okay. I’ve been vaccinated and I give credit to that for getting me through as quickly as it did,” Iglesias said.