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Fox News announced in an internal memo obtained by The Hill that an employee in its Washington, D.C., bureau has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is currently hospitalized.
The memo comes as almost all anchors, hosts and guests on the network have been broadcasting from home, which is the case across much of cable and broadcast news.
"As soon as we learned of the test result, we contacted all staff who may have been impacted and mandated that the employee's direct co-workers/team begin self-quarantining for the appropriate period of time since last contact at the direction of our medical professionals," wrote Bryan Boughton, senior vice president of the Fox News Washington Bureau. "We have been deep cleaning all areas affected and will be continuing all disinfecting efforts throughout the entire bureau."
"We are fully supporting the employee and wishing them a smooth recovery," Boughton continues. "As [Fox News Media CEO] Suzanne [Scott] has said from day one of this crisis, the health and safety of our employees and their families is our number one concern."
On March 29, President Trump issued a major disaster declaration for Washington, D.C., which allows the city to access federal funds in an effort to assist its efforts in combating the coronavirus.
The nation's capital has more than 1,200 cases, with 22 deaths, according to a New York Times tracker.