As testing for COVID-19 ramps up in the U.S., some big names are learning that they have the coronavirus.
The latest bombshell hit when Fox Business announced Saturday that two of its employees had tested positive for the virus, The Hill reported. The employees’ identities were not disclosed.
Fox News hit
While Fox News did not name the employees who tested positive, a statement from Fox CEO Suzanne Scott and the network’s executive editor, Jay Wallace, did provide some information.
According to their statement, one employee who had tested positive was last in the office on March 6. The other was last in the office on March 16. Both employees were located in the New York office.
The executives’ joint statement also disclosed that employees who had been in contact with these two are all going to self-quarantine for a total of “14 days since last contact.”
“In addition to taking every necessary precaution and following every protocol, we are deep cleaning all areas this employee was in contact with, in addition to the daily sanitizing and disinfecting that has been performed several times a day throughout all key areas of the building,” the statement added.
Fox Business star Lou Dobbs is also in self-quarantine, despite not showing symptoms, after he learned that staff member on his show had tested positive.
COVID-19 at the Capitol
As network television takes a hit from the coronavirus, so too is Washington. The House has already seen several staffers and representatives test positive — and on Sunday, the Senate saw its first case.
According to Fox News, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) revealed over the weekend that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
A statement released by the senator’s office said Paul is “feeling fine and in quarantine.” His office had started working remotely almost two weeks ago, so it is unlikely he infected any of his staff.
Staffers in the White House have tested positive, however. On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed the reports from late Friday that a member of his staff roster had come down with COVID-19.
Pence and his wife, however, later tested negative for the disease, according to the New York Post.