NBC News' Al Roker let slip Tuesday that the unnamed "Today" staffer diagnosed with coronavirus is a producer, as opposed to the office staff or a studio crew member.
As he prepared to do the show's weather forecast from the kitchen of his home, where he has self-quarantined since Monday after having been in contact with the infected person, Roker praised two colleagues pictured with him in a photo triptych on Instagram. "Part of the team getting yours truly on the air with @todayshow weather @3rdhourtoday," the Queens-born 65-year-old weather anchor and third-hour co-host wrote. "Thanks to [graphics designer] Don Tshounikas in his home, [meteorologist and producer]@kathrynprociv ... in @30rockefellerplaza and [meteorologist] @brianvanaken at home."
Then he added, "I am on my iPad so NO @nbcnews crew is with me as I hang at home out of an abundance of caution following a brief interaction with one of our producers who tested positive."
Meanwhile, co-anchor Savannah Guthrie announced via Instagram on Tuesday night that she would be broadcasting from home beginning Wednesday while fellow co-anchor Hoda Kotb remained in the show's NBC News studios.
"I’m going to be anchoring TODAY from my house!," wrote Guthrie. "In an abundance of caution, and to model the super vigilance the CDC has asked of all of us, I’m staying home because I have a mild sore throat and runny nose. ... I feel good and am sure I will be back in no time - but during these days, it’s on all of us to be extra cautious and caring of those around us."
Adding the hashtag #loveyourneighbor, Guthrie added that she'd see viewers in the morning "from my basement!"
Earlier on Monday, she and Kotb had kibitzed with Roker on air, lightheartedly teasing him if he'd slept in. "Well, actually, I didn't have to commute in, so I did sleep in!" he said from his kitchen, where two laptops faced each other on a tale. Noting that there "are no NBC News crews here," he again complimented Prociv and Tshounikas and assured, "I've got all the graphics and everything I need."
Fellow third-hour co-host Craig Melvin, also isolating with his family at home, said via remote video link, "I feel great … no symptoms, no signs. I talked to the company doctor yesterday, who assured me that my exposure to the staffer was limited, so I'm fine, the kids are fine … [and wife] Lindsay's also doing just fine." He went on to express appreciation for our nation's teachers, in light of his and his wife's efforts at creating lesson plans and schooling their two young children while schools are closed during the pandemic.