NBC’s Today show’s hosts are working from home after concerns over being exposed to coronavirus grew. Savannah Guthrie co-anchored Wednesday morning’s NBC broadcast from her basement after coming down with a sore throat and runny nose. “Well now we’re really socially distancing aren’t we, Hoda?” Guthrie asked her partner in crime Hoda Kotb, who was in the NBC studio. “Well, it’s very unusual, I’m actually home. I’m in my basement right now.”
Guthrie said. “So, in an abundance of caution, and also to really model the vigilance that the CDC is asking of all of us right now. We followed the advice of NBC’s medical team, and so, here I am, I’m working from home as we speak. And we’re still together and we’re gonna get this show on the air.”
Al Roker also broadcasted from his home Wednesday, staying out of the studio since a third-hour staffer tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. He and Craig Melvin sat out Monday’s show, and Roker returned Tuesday and Wednesday to deliver weather updates remotely.
NBC News president Noah Oppenheim informed staff Sunday that an unnamed employee was receiving medical care for “mild symptoms” after testing positive for coronavirus. The network said everyone who had close contact with the individual, who worked on the show’s third-hour with Seinelle Jones, Dylan Dreyer, Roker and Melvin, will be required to self-isolate.
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