CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he announced Tuesday on Twitter.
Cuomo has been anchoring his show “Cuomo Prime Time” from home and was last at CNN’s New York City office last Friday, according to the network, who sent out an employee memo regarding the news. He is feeling well and will continue to anchor his show remotely, CNN reported.
“Soooo 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 tweeted Tuesday.
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) March 31, 2020
The CNN anchor wrote that he is quarantining himself in his basement, where he has been filming his show. Cuomo added in the Twitter statement that he has “had fever, chills and shortness of breath” and was in contact with people who later tested positive for the virus.
Cuomo’s brother, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, addressed the news during a press conference Tuesday.
“Everyone, everyone is subject to this virus. It is the great equalizer. I don’t care how smart or how rich or how powerful you think you are, I don’t care how young or how old. This virus is a great equalizer. My brother, Chris is positive for coronavirus. Found out this morning,” the New York governor said. “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 is a lesson in this.”
“He’s an essential worker – member of the press – so he’s been out there. You go out there, the chance that you get infected is very high. I spoke to him this morning. And he’s going to be quarantined in his basement at home. He’s just worried about his daughter and his kids, that he hopes he didn’t get them infected.”
Andrew Cuomo added that his brother is “a really sweet, beautiful guy” and his “best friend.”
“He’s at CNN, he does a beautiful job,” the elder brother said. “But a sweet guy and now he’s quarantined in the basement, but he’s funny as hell. He says even the dogs want to come downstairs. But, he is concerned about his wife and kids. But, the reason I raise it is he’s smart, he’s social distancing, yes, but you wind up exposing yourself.”
This is CNN’s third known novel coronavirus case, according to the network. Most network employees have been working remotely since the novel coronavirus began to spread across America.
“We will all beat this by being smart and tough and united!” Cuomo tweeted. (RELATED: Dr. Fauci: Coronavirus Hit Italy ‘Really Badly’ Because Of ‘Chinese Tourists’)