CNN news anchor Chris Cuomo has tested positive for coronavirus.
The 49-year-old brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in a tweet Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed to people who are infected. Cuomo has extensively covered the coronavirus pandemic on the cable news network during his show “Cuomo Prime Time.”
“Sooooo in these difficult times that seem to get more difficult and complicated by the day, I just found out that I am positive for coronavirus. I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fever, chills and shortness of breath,” Cuomo wrote.
“I just hope I didn’t give it to the kids and Cristina. That would make me feel worse than this illness! I am quarantined in my basement (which actually makes the rest of the family seem pleased!) I will do my shows from here,” he continued.
Cuomo concluded on a positive note: “We will all beat this by being smart and tough and united!”
The New York governor said in a press conference Tuesday his brother “is going to be fine.”
“Even for essential workers, people have to be careful. Again, I’ve been trying to communicate that everyone – everyone – is subject to this virus,” the governor said. “This virus is the great equalizer. My brother, Chris, is positive for coronavirus. Found out this morning. Now, he is going to be fine. He’s young, in good shape, strong – not as strong as he thinks – he will be fine. But there’s a lesson in this. He’s an essential worker, a member of the press, so he’s been out there. If you go out there, the chance that you’ll get infected is very high.”
“He’s just worried about his daughter and his kids and he hopes he didn’t get them infected,” the governor said. “You don’t really know Chris – you see Chris on his show at night … but you just see one dimension.
“You see a person in his job. And in his job, he’s combative and he’s argumentative and he’s pushing people. But that’s his job. That’s not who he is,” the governor continued.
“He’s a really sweet, beautiful guy. And he’s my best friend. My father was always working, so it was always just me and Chris,” the governor said, adding his brother joked to him this morning that “even the dogs won’t come downstairs.”
The governor also tweeted Tuesday about to younger brother: “Stay strong little brother … If anyone is #NewYorkTough it’s you.”
The governor added that two weeks ago the brothers disagreed over Chris Cuomo having their mother over at his home: “Love needs be a little smarter than reactive.”
Chris Cuomo was most recently at CNN’s offices in the Hudson Yards neighborhood of New York City last Friday, CNN confirmed Tuesday.
USA TODAY has reached out to reps for Cuomo for comment.