The infected person was on a flight chartered to transport Fox employees from New York to the presidential debate in Nashville. Those on the flight included Jay Wallace, the network president, Bret Baier, the chief political anchor, Martha MacCallum, anchor of Fox’s nightly news show “The Story,” as well as two other members of the network’s election team, Juan Williams and Dana Perino, who are co-hosts of “The Five.”
Everyone aboard the flight tested negative in rapid tests conducted by both Fox News and the Commission on Presidential Debates prior to leaving New York. Upon return, those on the flight were again tested immediately after.
Fox News has been regularly testing its employees as some have returned to working on set. A Fox News spokesperson declined to comment, citing privacy concerns of its employees. The news of the positive test result and subsequent orders to quarantine were first reported by the New York Times.
Some of the anchors have already received the results of their first PCR tests, which were negative. It is unclear if there was more than one person who initially tested positive on the flight. But everyone aboard the flight is being tested repeatedly to determine if they need to continue quarantining.
The network engaged in contact tracing immediately after they learned of the positive test result Sunday night.
Behind the scenes, Fox News has shown dedication to precautionary measures during the pandemic, including face masks, social distancing, and regular testing protocols.
But that attitude has now always been reflected on the air. In February and March, in the early days of the pandemic, key primetime hosts such as Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham showed fierce loyalty to President Trump and positioned the virus as a tool for the Democrats and the media to attack him.