A new report claims that Fox News on-air personalities, along with the president of the network, have been advised to go into quarantine after possibly being exposed to the coronavirus during a flight after someone on board the plane tested positive for the illness.
Mike Brest of the Washington Examiner reported, “Jay Wallace, the president of Fox News Media, Special Report anchor Bret Baier, The Story anchor Martha MacCallum, and The Five co-hosts Dana Perino and Juan Williams were exposed during a private flight from Nashville to New York following Thursday’s presidential debate between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, according to the New York Times.”
The network did not provide the Washington Examiner with a comment stating the “need to keep private health information confidential.”
However, everyone who was on board the flight has been told they need to get tested and go into quarantine.
The United States is experiencing a resurgence of coronavirus diagnoses throughout the country, with more than 84,000 new cases diagnosed last Saturday, the highest total of any given day since the pandemic began.
The on-air personalities on the plane are temporarily expected to produce their shows remotely, given the exposure, according to the report. Fox News had their anchors work remotely during the height of the pandemic. At least one on-air personality, Jedehiah Bila, has tested positive for COVID-19 this year.
Both Baier and MacCallum anchored the network’s coverage of both presidential debates as well as the one between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate. The duo is expected to anchor together for the network’s election night coverage next week.
Brest also wrote that, “On Monday, Wallace and Suzanne Scott, the CEO of Fox News, sent a memo to staffers acknowledging ‘a few positive COVID-19 cases,’ and she noted that they will be ;further reducing some of the workforce in our buildings and operating virtually wherever possible throughout the week.'”
Here’s to hoping all the good folks at Fox News are well and don’t have to contend with the virus during this pivotal time, as the presidential election is only a week a way.