Rachel Maddow Off MSNBC After Potential COVID-19 Exposure

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Rachel Maddow won't be on MSNBC Friday night after a "close contact" of hers tested positive for the coronavirus.

The anchor tweeted that she won't be on the air Friday as the news channel continues to cover the presidential election. "I've tested negative thus far but will be at home quarantining 'til it's safe for me to be back at work without putting anyone at risk," she wrote.

"You will be in good hands tonight with Nicolle [Wallace] and Joy [Reid] and Brian [Williams] and the Great and Good Mr. [Steve] Kornacki and the whole MSNBC crew."

MSNBC declined comment.

Maddow did appear on MSNBC from her home on Saturday to discuss the projections that Joe Biden will become the 46th president after several major media outlets called the race.

Maddow's self-titled show is the most watched program on MSNBC. She has been one of the central figures in the network's election coverage, which has averaged about 5.9 million primetime viewers from Tuesday to Thursday, way above the network's usual audience.

The network's election team has been together in studio for the past three nights, sitting several feet apart from one another.

The United States is in the midst of a spike in coronavirus cases. The country has averaged nearly 100,000 new cases per day over the past week, a 25 percent jump over the previous week.

See Maddow's full statement below.

Nov. 7, 11:13 a.m. Updated with Maddow's appearance on MSNBC Saturday.