CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.
The “Cuomo Primetime” host was diagnosed with the illness on Tuesday, CNN revealed in a memo to employees.
“In these difficult times that seem to get more difficult and complicated by the day, I just found out that I am positive for coronavirus,” Cuomo, the brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and son of the late New York Governor Mario Cuomo, said in a Twitter message.
“I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fevers, chills and shortness of breath,” he added. “I just hope I didn’t give it to the kids and Cristina. That would make me feel worse than this illness!”
According to Cuomo, he will continue to host his nightly show from his home.
Three people in CNN’s New York offices have been infected. The company said most employees have been working from home for weeks.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo discussed his brother’s diagnosis on Tuesday.
“My brother Chris is positive for coronavirus, we found that this morning. He is going to be fine, he’s young, strong – not as strong as he thinks… but he will be fine,” Cuomo told a daily briefing on the coronavirus.
“I spoke to him this morning and he is going to be quarantined in his basement.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo: "This virus is the great equalizer. My brother Chris is positive for coronavirus. … Now, he is going to be fine. He's young, in good shape, strong — not as strong as he thinks, but he will be fine. But there's a lesson in this." pic.twitter.com/OUaJP8ViPv
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The personal disclosure came after Andrew Cuomo said New Yorkers who had tested positive for the coronavirus increased by more than 9,000 from a day earlier to 75,795, with deaths rising to 1,550 from 1,218.
(Reuters contributed to this report.)
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