Country singer Rita Wilson and her husband, superstar actor Tom Hanks, have tested positive for coronavirus. The couple, who are currently quarantined in Australia, released a statement via social media.
“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!” – Tom Hanks
The couple is in Australia for the pre-production of the Baz Luhrmann untitled Elvis Presley film, where Hanks will play Presley’s longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker. Warner Bros., the company releasing the film, released a statement shortly after Hanks’ went live.
“We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).
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. 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 individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”
The news of Hanks and Wilson’s coronavirus diagnosis also hits right as President Donald Trump announced that beginning Friday, March 13, U.S. travel to and from Europe will be banned for 30 days, excluding the United Kingdom.
Because of the pandemic, as named by the World Health Organization, Stagecoach and Coachella have been postponed until October. The Houston Rodeo also shut its gates 12 days early and several tours, including Zac Brown Band’s, have rescheduled their spring dates.
This is a developing story.