A staff member of Fox Business Channel tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a memo to employees, Fox News Media’s Suzanne Scott and Jay Wallace said that the staffer last worked on March 13 in the building at 1211 Avenue of the Americas.
“As soon as we learned of the test result, we mandated that this employee’s direct co-workers/team self-quarantine for 14 days since last contact at the direction of medical professionals,” they wrote. “We are also doing a deep cleaning of all areas affected and will be continuing all of our aggressive sanitizing and disinfecting efforts throughout the entire building.”
Staffers at other news organization — including CNN, NBC News, CBS News and ABC News — have tested positive for the virus.
“We are fully supporting the employee and wishing them a speedy recovery,” Scott and Wallace wrote. “As we have said from day one of this crisis, the health and safety of our employees and their families is our number one concern.”
Fox Business also announced earlier that it was scaling back two hours from its schedule, stopping production of FBN am at 5 a.m. ET and Bulls & Bears at 5 p.m. ET. Lou Dobbs Tonight will air at 5 p.m., and a repeat of his show will run at 7 p.m. ET.
“This scaled back schedule will ensure that we continue to deliver critical information to our audience amidst this global pandemic and time of market volatility while helping to fight the further escalation of the coronavirus,” Lauren Patterson, the president of Fox Business, said in a statement.
Last week, Fox News Media announced measures to reduce the number of in-office employees during the crisis, as well as to limit in-studio guests, and Scott and Wallace indicated the need for production changes. Shows featuring Trish Regan and Kennedy were put on hiatus.
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