A crew member on CBS show "FBI: Most Wanted" tests positive for coronavirus and other members of the production are livid.
A crew member who worked on "FBI: Most Wanted" has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
NBCUniversal's Universal Television, which is the studio responsible for the show's production, officially informed the cast and crew of the drama series via an emailed memo.
The cast and executive producer of the CBS series FBI: MOST WANTED at the TCA WINTER PRESS TOUR 2020 on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, CA. | Photo: Getty Images
Some members of the team who worked on the production revealed their dissatisfaction at not being told earlier. The memo read:
"...medical experts have informed us that the risk level of transmission is low given that the employee did not return to work after becoming symptomatic."
The memo explained that the individual's identity would not be revealed for confidentiality reasons and that they had received a positive diagnosis on March 18 but had however not been on the set of production since March 11.
It further revealed that the affected individual already recovered from a mild case by the time the test results came back and that the administration had made extra effort to identify those who worked closely with the said individual on their last day of work out of an abundance of caution.
The memo, dated March 18, was emailed to the cast and crew early on March 19. The administration provided production members with a hotline to a medical support partner who they could contact in any event that they need any guidance.
Crew and Cast members were furious.
The show's director, Lexi Alexander, took to Twitter to express her anger at the information she received.
The human resources department of the studio contacted her, as she was one of the six to ten people they believed to have had contact with the affected individual. She wrote:
"[HR] just called me [...] and casually told me not to worry that I'm probably not infected. I am furious."
Since the progression of the concerns over the pandemic has escalated, several top houses of the filming industry have closed down and put productions on hold.
NBCUniversal put more than thirty shows on hold since March 12. The show is not the only production to have a cast or crew member to be hit with the disease.
"Good Amsterdam" actor Daniel Kim also tested positive for coronavirus after he started exhibiting symptoms on his flight home following the closing of production. The film industry is majorly on lockdown to prevent cases like these from occurring.
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