Two ESPN employees at ABC NYC facility test positive for coronavirus
“Two of our colleagues, last in the office on March 11 and March 12, in the 77 West 66th Street building, tested positive for COVID-19. In respecting the privacy of these individuals, we cannot share their names,” reads an internal member obtained by Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand.
Two ESPN employees based in NYC have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an internal memo ESPN just sent out.
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) March 22, 2020
The 77 West 66th Street address is, notably, the primary address of ABC’s New York broadcast center, and is part of a larger complex of buildings the network uses for the operations of, in addition to ESPN, ABC News, ABC television network and local owned station WABC.
“The View,” “Tamron Hall” and “Live with Kelly and Ryan” all have studios and offices within the complex as well.
It’s not immediately clear if ABC will shut down the facility like CBS did after it had multiple cases of coronavirus.
Disney also owns the “Armory” building on 66th Street that serves as a hub of ESPN operations, but staffers for the sports network also work across the street.
ESPN also has operations at South Street Seaport develop, including major studios for its New York based programming.
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