“We’ve decided to ask Savannah to do the show from home tomorrow. She has a ‘super mild’ sore throat and NBC’s doctors are advising that anyone who doesn’t feel 1000% should work from home. (This applies to EVERYONE!) So, she’s going to model the hyper-vigilance we’re asking for right now and do just that,” said NBC News president Noah Oppenheim in a note to staff Tuesday evening. “Many of us have worked closely with Savannah these past few weeks – especially at TODAY – and I want to assure you that, per NBC’s doctors and all the relevant public health authorities, Savannah’s current status does not mean any of you are at any greater risk, you can absolutely still come to work and don’t need to take any additional precautions – beyond those we’re all already taking – because of this. I know you’ll all join me in hoping she’s back soon.”
Guthrie joins co-anchors Al Roker and Craig Melvin, who have not come to Studio 1A since a production staffer on the 9 a.m. hour of the NBC morning franchise tested positive for coronavirus.
Hoda Kotb is expected to continue to anchor the program from the show’s home studio at NBC News New York facility.
In a post made via Twitter and Instagram, Guthrie told followers “I’m going to be anchoring TODAY from my house! 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.” She added: “This was the advice of NBC’s superb medical team and my bosses. 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.”
“Today” has been shifting daily as NBC News deal with coronavirus among its employee base. For the time being, NBC News will air a live news segment at the top of the show’s 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. hours and then fill the remaining time with taped segments.
Several “Today” staffers were already off before the nation started dealing with the contagion. Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones, who co-anchor the 9 a.m. hour with Melvin and Roker, are on maternity leave and medical leave, respectively. And Jenna Hager Bush, who co-anchors the 10 a.m. hour with Kotb, was scheduled to be off this week. NBC News stopped all live audience activity around the “Today” studios last week.