"I am OKAY," she wrote on Instagram. "It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon."
CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin became the second network anchor to test positive for the novel coronavirus, revealing her diagnosis in an Instagram post on Friday afternoon.
"I've tested positive for the coronavirus," she wrote. "I am OKAY. It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon. Chills, aches, fever."
Her colleague, primetime anchor Chris Cuomo, has also been recovering from the virus.
"I've been social distancing," Baldwin wrote. "Doing ALL the things we're being told to do. Still — it got me. I'm hehy. ... No underlying conditions."
She continued: "Honestly, I feel like one of the lucky ones. I look forward to being back onand seeing you real soon. And shout out to the doctors and the nurses who are doing the real work right now."
Alisyn Camerota, a morning news anchor for CNN, wrote in response: "This was NOT part of the plan, Brooke. I thought we'd agreed to all stay hehy, weather this storm and go out for a huge cocktail at our earliest convenience. I am thinking of you, girl, and sending love and strength."
Cuomo announced his diagnosis on Tuesday and has been sharing updates on his condition with viewers and with his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who beamed in the anchor during his Thursday briefing on the virus.
Cuomo said on Thursday that he has lost 13 pounds in 3 days from the virus.
"My fever has gone up a couple of degrees in like the last 30 minutes," he said. "Nights are tough, and I've learned something that I didn't know before: It is responsible journalism to say that 80 percent of people who get this, statistically, wind up OK, meaning they don't get a hospital, they get through it. It is not humanly responsible, though, from an ethical perspective."
Police in Crowley, Louisiana have issued an apology for using the siren heard in “The Purge” to signal the 9pm local time curfew that has been put into effect in the city because of the coronavirus outbreak via NME. The curfew prohibits citizens from leaving their homes between the local hours of 9pm and 6am. The police department said the curfew went into place because the city is located in the state’s Acadia Parish, which has “received the worst rating for the rapid spread of the virus. It has been put into place in order to try and slow the spread.” Police are giving citations to people who violate the curfew. People traveling to or from work must have documentation from their employer.
An alarm used by police at the beginning of the month was the same alarm heard in “The Purge,” James DeMonaco’s 2013 horror thriller about a fictional America where for one night it becomes legal to commit any crimes, including murder, for a 12-hour period. The alarm in “The Purge” is heard to signal that the killing and crime sprees can begin. The first “Purge” film starred Ethan Hawke and launched a franchise that includes three follow-up movies and a series on USA Network.
Crowley Police chief Jimmy Broussard said in a statement to the local ABC news affiliate KATC that he was unaware the signal being used for the coronavirus curfew was the same signal heard in “The Purge.” The chief assured citizens that the “Purge” siren would not be used again. The siren caused enough of a stir that an additional statement was released by Acadia Parish sheriff K.P. Gibson.
“Last night a ‘Purge Siren’ was utilized by the Crowley Police Department as part of their starting curfew,” the statement said. “We have received numerous complaints with the belief that our agency was involved in this process. We were not involved in the use of the ‘Purge Siren’ and will not utilize any type of siren for this purpose. Calls regarding this matter should be directed to the Crowley Police and Chief Broussard and not the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office.”
Universal Pictures is scheduled to release the next “Purge” movie in theaters this summer, but the film is likely to be delayed because of the coronavirus. The studio was not involved in the Crowley police department’s use of “The Purge” siren.