“Rita had some chills that came and went,” he continued. “Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.” A representative for Hanks confirmed the news as shared on the actor’s accounts.
Hanks is the first American celebrity to publicly announce a diagnosis of the novel coronavirus that causes the disease covid-19. His statement began spreading across social media just minutes after President Trump addressed the growing severity of the pandemic, and around the same time the NBA announced it would be suspending its season after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the virus.
One of the most beloved actors in Hollywood, Hanks kept his statement in tune with his good-natured reputation. He also shared a photograph of a medical glove discarded in a trash can layered with a yellow biohazard liner, keeping with his social media theme of lost gloves.
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Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive. Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!
Hanks and Wilson have been married since 1988. They “will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires,” according to the statement.
Hanks concluded by reassuring the public, writing: “Not much more to it than the one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!”
Several hours after Hanks broke the news, his son Colin Hanks posted a statement expressing gratitude “for the outpouring of support from everyone. My parents are receiving excellent care in Australia and are doing well (and in good spirits) given the circumstances.”
He added that he is “confident that they will make a full recovery.”
Singer Richard Marx, who has collaborated with Wilson on music projects, said in a tweet that he had spoken with the actress and that she “sounds pretty good.” But, he added, “let’s all send love and prayers and all good vibes” to her and Hanks.
Hanks is set to star as Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in a Warner Bros. biopic about the singer. The studio said in a statement to Deadline that “we are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual.”
It continued: “The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world.”
The statement did not mention Hanks by name.
The coronavirus outbreak has already disrupted the entertainment industry, with numerous projects facing serious production delays over concerns about the virus. Producers of the latest James Bond film, “No Time to Die,” for instance, announced last week that the release date would be pushed to November — seven months after its planned release.
Hours after Hanks posted his statement, a spokesperson for the Sydney Opera House told CNN that the famed performance venue would be undergoing disinfection measures because Wilson performed there on March 7. The spokesperson also told the news outlet the venue would work to get in touch with any patrons or staff who may have come into contact with the couple.
According to the opera house’s website, Wilson performed songs from her new album “Halfway to Home” in the one-night engagement. A representative for the Sydney Opera House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This post has been updated.