Jack Quann
Jack Quann

15.04 21 Mar 2020


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A staff member in the State broadcaster RTÉ has tested positive for the coronavirus.

In an e-mail to staff, the organisation's director-general Dee Forbes said the staff member was safe and at home.

They are also following Health Service Executive (HSE) guidelines of self isolation.

RTÉ says in line with these guidelines, public health services will be in contact with those who have had direct contact with the person who tested positive.

Other recommended procedures are being followed, including a deep cleaning of the areas where the person works.

Earlier this week, Newstalk presenter Ciara Kelly revealed she had tested positive for the virus.

She told her listeners: “I have the coronavirus and I have been broadcasting from the hot press for a reason”.

“I have been in self-isolation since the weekend, when I became unwell with it.

“For me, it felt like a bad flu. I had a sore throat; I had a tightness and a burning in my chest and I was a bit short of breath. I was very tired and bit dizzy and a bit wobbly when I stood up and I guessed I had it."

She said she has not been in contact with anyone outside her family since experiencing symptoms, and was “very hopeful” that she has not passed it on to anyone else.

She said she would continue to broadcast for as long as she is able.

A staff member in the Irish Times has also previously tested positive for the coronavirus.


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