Page Six: 'Dr Oz Show' Will Joins List of Talk Shows Filming Remotely Amid Coronavirus Fears
As more people contact the Coronavirus, several institutions have put measures in place to ensure that they contain and halt the virus's spread. Several TV shows have done the same, and it appears that Dr. Oz is joining the ranks as well.
According to a report from Page Six, Dr. Oz's showrunner Amy Chiaro sent an official Email to members of staff earlier this week, confirming that a member of the show's crew tested positive for the virus.
To ensure that things don't get worse, management has decided that the show would now film remotely. Chiaro encouraged everyone to halt their work at the 125 West End Avenue building and go home, hopefully to self-isolate and quarantine themselves.
She explained that the person who tested positive worked from there, and assured staff that the show's management would take the right measures to clean the office areas.
For the time being, however, remote work will be the order of the day. Providing additional information, Pop Culture Magazine reported that the staff member had shown mild symptoms of the virus, including dry coughs early on.
Despite the subtlety of his symptoms, however, Dr. Oz sent him home to rest and mandated that he should get his health checked.
Chiaro confirmed that the staffer is the only crew member to have tested positive for the virus to the best of their knowledge. Regardless, she encouraged everyone to be safe and to stay indoors.
Moving forward, Oz will be shooting at a mini studio that he set up in his home.
Dr. Oz will be joining the ranks of daytime shows that will now be making modifications to their showing schedule. Names like "The Kelly Clarkson Show," "Live with Kelly and Ryan," "The Wendy Williams Show," and "The Tamron Hill Show" have all paused production.
"The View," another popular daytime show, has remained on air, but without a live audience. Nighttime shows have also largely paused production.
"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah," "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," amongst others, have put production to a halt to prevent audiences and their staff members who might be at risk.
However, Dr. Oz bucked at the trend and continued to film – albeit without their live audience. Moving forward, Oz will be shooting at a mini studio that he set up in his home.
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