2020-03-12 01:49:15 UTC
"Well, now. What to do next?" the actor wrote on Instagram.
Tom Hank and wife Rita Wilson announced Wednesday that they have tested positive
for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
The Oscar-winning actor made the announcement on Instagram, saying the couple,
who are in Australia, got the diagnosis after being tested for chills and
"Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like
we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went.
Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we
were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive," Hanks wrote on
Instagram. "Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols
that must be followed. We Hanks will be tested, observed, and isolated for as
long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a
one-day-at-a-time approach, no? Well keep the world posted and updated. Take
care of yourselves!
Publicists for the couple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
They are first major celebrities to publicly announce a coronavirus diagnosis
since the World Health Organization was notified on Dec. 31 by Chinese
authorities of a new virus in Wuhan, China.
The outbreak has since spread around the globe, killing thousands and prompting
the WHO to declare a pandemic. As of Wednesday, more than 1,200 people have
tested positive for COVID-19 and 36 have died.
While Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are the first notable actors to test positive
for the coronavirus, premieres, screenings, and productions have been halted in
the wake of the virus spreading across the United States.
Morning TV shows as well as late night shows including The Tonight Show with
Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Last Week Tonight with
John Oliver are taping their broadcasts without audiences out of concern for the
"The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority," NBC said in a
Hulus Little Fires Everywhere premiere, originally scheduled for Thursday,
March 12 in Los Angeles, has also been canceled.
As you are all aware, the current state of affairs has altered the daily lives
of many people, including our cast and crew, press representatives said in an
email. After hearing from many of you, and out of an abundance of caution, we
are canceling tomorrows Little Fires Everywhere premiere screening and
The CWs Riverdale has suspended production on their fourth season which films
in Vancouver, Canada out of an abundance of caution, according to a statement
from Warner Bros. TV. There were concerns that a person working on the show was
recently exposed to someone who was tested positive for the virus, and that team
member is currently under medical evaluation.
We are working closely with the appropriate authorities and health agencies in
Vancouver to identify and contact all individuals who may have come into direct
contact with our team member, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. TV said in a
statement. The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews is always
our top priority. We have and will continue to take precautions to protect
everyone who works on our productions around the world.