Fox Business host Lou Dobbs is now in a self-imposed quarantine after it was discovered that a member of his staff had tested positive for the coronavirus.
The situation was first revealed by fellow Fox Business host David Asman on Friday, The Hill reported.
“[Dobbs] is in self-quarantine tonight,” said Asman. “We just learned that one of his team members has tested positive for COVID-19. We fully support that employee 100%, who we all wish a speedy recovery.”
Asman added that, thus far at least, Dobbs isn’t showing any signs of having been infected.
“Lou feels well,” Asman said. “He has no symptoms, but out of an abundance of caution, he and his team are taking the necessary precautions.”
Internally, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace distributed a notice to employees about the positive test results via email.
“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 the last contact at the direction of our medical professionals,” it read in part. “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.”
Accordingly, it would appear that Dobbs and his team are out of action for the next couple of weeks.
“Lou is in self-quarantine. One of his team members tested positive.” pic.twitter.com/g76axSyayX
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) March 20, 2020
Prior to this news, Fox Business had announced that it was planning on scaling back its schedule so as to reduce “the staff footprint” at the network’s headquarters in New York City.
“While FBN will remain committed to delivering up-to-the-minute breaking business news and analysis, our first priority is the health and safety of our employees,” said Fox Business Network President Lauren Petterson. “This scaled-back schedule will ensure 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.”
As one of the changes, “Lou Dobbs Tonight” is supposed to air live at 5:00 p.m. replacing “Bulls & Bears”, and then it is scheduled to replay at 7:00 p.m.
UPDATE: A second Fox Business staffer has tested positive for the coronavirus, Fox News said in a statement.