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Channel 10’s Pyrmont office hit with a Covid case after worker tests positive for the virus

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Channel 10's Pyrmont office hit with a Covid case after worker tests positive for the virus

Channel 10’s headquarters in Pyrmont, Sydney, has become a Covid hotspot after an employee on the premises tested positive to the virus on Sunday.

The station, which broadcasts Studio 10 and 10 News First, is now operating with skeleton staff after close contacts of the confirmed case were ordered to stay home.

TV Blackbox has confirmed the person who tested positive was a worker at Channel 10’s in-house restaurant, Saunders Street Café.

Covid scare: Channel 10's headquarters in Sydney's Pyrmont has become a Covid hotspot after a worker at the site tested positive for the deadly virus on Sunday

Covid scare: Channel 10's headquarters in Sydney's Pyrmont has become a Covid hotspot after a worker at the site tested positive for the deadly virus on Sunday

Covid scare: Channel 10’s headquarters in Sydney’s Pyrmont has become a Covid hotspot after a worker at the site tested positive for the deadly virus on Sunday

Network staff received an urgent memo on Sunday instructing them to get tested and self-isolate if they visited the café at any time last Thursday or Friday. 

The studio has been deep cleaned since the Covid scare, while production of Studio 10 and 10 News First is continuing as normal. 

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In a statement on Monday, a 10 spokesperson told TV Blackbox: ‘Network 10 can confirm that a staff member has tested positive to COVID-19. The health, safety and welfare of all staff and the community is our number one priority.’   

Warning to staff: The office, which is responsible for producing Studio 10 and 10 News First, is now working with skeleton staff after instructing employees who are considered close contacts to stay home. Pictured: Studio 10 host Sarah Harris - who has not been named as a close contact

Warning to staff: The office, which is responsible for producing Studio 10 and 10 News First, is now working with skeleton staff after instructing employees who are considered close contacts to stay home. Pictured: Studio 10 host Sarah Harris - who has not been named as a close contact

Warning to staff: The office, which is responsible for producing Studio 10 and 10 News First, is now working with skeleton staff after instructing employees who are considered close contacts to stay home. Pictured: Studio 10 host Sarah Harris – who has not been named as a close contact  

‘All close contacts of the staff member have been identified. They have been advised to get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.’ 

They continued: ‘Network 10 continues to work to the NSW Health guidelines and strict protocols remain in place. The studio and office have been deep cleaned. Network 10 is providing all staff with all the support and assistance possible.’ 

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Meanwhile, Studio 10 panelist Angela Bishop confirmed on Monday’s broadcast that the network had ‘trimmed back crew this morning’ in light of the Covid case.   

Positive case: TV Blackbox has confirmed that the person who tested positive was a worker at Channel 10's in-house eatery, Saunders Street Cafe. Pictured: Channel 10 studios in Pyrmont, Sydney

Positive case: TV Blackbox has confirmed that the person who tested positive was a worker at Channel 10's in-house eatery, Saunders Street Cafe. Pictured: Channel 10 studios in Pyrmont, Sydney

Positive case: TV Blackbox has confirmed that the person who tested positive was a worker at Channel 10’s in-house eatery, Saunders Street Cafe. Pictured: Channel 10 studios in Pyrmont, Sydney 

‘Unfortunately we’ve had a brush with Covid here, so we are following all of the health guidelines and some of our team are off getting tested and isolating,’ she clarified. 

NSW recorded 1,257 new Covid cases and seven deaths on Monday morning, with outdoor gathering restrictions eased despite a surge in cases in Sydney’s west. 

There are currently 1,189 patients being treated in hospital, including 222 in intensive care, of which 94 require ventilation. 

''Unfortunately we've had a brush with Covid here': Meanwhile, Studio 10 panelist Angela Bishop (pictured) confirmed on Monday's broadcast that the network had 'trimmed back crew this morning' in light of the Covid case

''Unfortunately we've had a brush with Covid here': Meanwhile, Studio 10 panelist Angela Bishop (pictured) confirmed on Monday's broadcast that the network had 'trimmed back crew this morning' in light of the Covid case

”Unfortunately we’ve had a brush with Covid here’: Meanwhile, Studio 10 panelist Angela Bishop (pictured) confirmed on Monday’s broadcast that the network had ‘trimmed back crew this morning’ in light of the Covid case 

Channel 10's Pyrmont office hit with a Covid case after worker tests positive for the virus

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