MSNBC's Rachel Maddow forced to stop election coverage and quarantine

The anchor said she has tested negative herself thus far

Josh Marcus
Saturday 07 November 2020 00:12 GMT
Rachel Maddow covering the election for MSNBC prior to her quarantine

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow is quarantining at home after a “close contact” tested positive for coronavirus. The host, who had been participating in the network’s live elections coverage, tested negative herself, but said on Twitter on Friday she would stay at home until “it’s safe for me to be back at work without putting anyone at risk.”

She’s not the only journalist whose elections coverage has been threatened by Covid-19. Prior to election night, the president of Fox News and several top anchors were advised to quarantine after being exposed to someone on a private flight who later tested positive, the New York Times reported in late October.

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Earlier that month, the White House press corps blasted the Trump administration’s “recklessness” in handling an outbreak in the West Wing, which saw the president and other top officials get the virus. 

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