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Fox News Media confirmed that a total of four employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus, confirmed Saturday afternoon in a companywide memo sent to employees and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
“We just learned in the last 90 minutes that two additional FOX News Media employees have tested positive for COVID-19,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and Fox President Jay Wallace said in a memo obtained by Deadline on Saturday evening ET. “The total number of employees now affected stands at four, all based in our New York offices.”
“On the advice of medical professionals, we have contacted all individuals who may have been affected and have instructed everyone who worked directly with these two employees to be quarantined for 14 days from last contact. We are continuing to take every necessary precaution and to follow every protocol which includes deep cleaning all surfaces these employees were in contact with, in addition to the daily sanitizing and disinfecting that has been performed multiple times a day throughout all areas of the building,” the memo added.
On Friday, the first case of coronavirus was identified in an employee at the Fox corporation, which prompted the company to perform an initial deep cleaning of the venue and advise staff to take measures to self-quarantine. Fox Business host Lou Dobbs was among those who self-quarantined.
Fox will distribute more information as the situation develops. “We are a team all working for the same goal of performing a public service via our linear and non-linear platforms and we will all get through this together,” the executives wrote at the end of the memo.
As of this time, the coronavirus has affected over 300,000 people worldwide and caused more than 12,900 deaths. Following the declaration of a state of emergency in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide “Safer at Home” order in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus, which is rapidly overwhelming the health care system.
March 21, 5:31 p.m.: Updated with reports of two more employees testing positive.
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