It was announced in late December that Simmons was being treated at UT Southwestern Hospital in Texas in the COVID ward, where she was receiving the same drug — remdesivir — taken by Donald Trump when he became infected.
Two weeks later, Westcott was able to share some positive news about her castmate's recovery when chatting with Digital Spy about RHOD's fifth season.
"She's doing great," Westcott assured us. "I spoke to her. She's hanging in there. She recently had foot surgery, so she was dealing with that, and then she got COVID. It was like one thing after another.
"But, she's hanging in there. She's doing good right now. I'm so happy that she's recovering well. She said it was a rough week [when she was diagnosed]. It was a really rough week for her. She's like, 'Really, stay safe and healthy'."
Westcott also spoke more broadly about filming during the early days of the pandemic, where social distancing restrictions meant that there would be many more individual scenes than usual for the cast.
"It was extremely different. It's something I will never forget," she said. "We did a lot of in-home shooting, a lot of personal stories. We all were in our homes more [separately]. We really couldn't do anything outside of our homes, besides things outside.
"You're going to see a lot of personal story because of the pandemic, which is exciting because you'll see more of my family. That's exciting because you'll get to know my family more."
The Real Housewives of Dallas was actually able to complete filming its fifth season without a stop-down for any on-set COVID infections, unlike its counterparts in Atlanta, Orange County, New York and Beverly Hills.
All seasons and every episode of The Real Housewives of Dallas are available to stream and download in the UK and Ireland on hayu and hayu on NOWTV, with new episodes on Wednesdays. Bravo airs the new season on Tuesdays.
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