Update: Tom Hanks & Wife Rita Wilson Give An Update After Testing Positive for Coronavirus
Update #2 (March 12): Tom Hanks has given an update on him and his wife Rita’s condition. He writes:
Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx
Actor Tom Hanks, 63, and wife Rita Wilson, 63, have announced that they have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) while overseas in Australia. Tom Hanks is reportedly filming an Elvis Presley biopic in Australia.
On Wednesday (March 11th), Tom Hanks revealed the news with a statement and a photo of a hazardous waste basket with a used rubber glove in what appears to be a hospital examination room.
Read the statement below:
“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?”
In addition to Hanks’ statement, Rita made a similar announcement in her Instagram stories.
The couple’s son, Chet Hanks took to social media confirming their condition.
“What’s up everyone? Yeah, it’s true. My parents got coronavirus. Crazy. They’re both down in Australia right now because my dad was shooting a movie down there.”
“I just got off the phone with them. They both are fine. They’re not even that sick. They’re not worried about it. They’re not trippin’ but they’re going through the necessary health precautions obviously. But I don’t think it’s anything to be too worried about.”
Chet ends his video saying,
“I appreciate everyone’s concern and the well wishes but I think it’s all going to be alright but I appreciate it. Everybody stay safe out there. Much love.”
Warner Bros., the distributor behind the film, issued a statement shortly after Hanks and Wilson went public.
“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).”
The statement continues,
“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.”
Reportedly, there have been more than 115,000 cases of coronavirus confirmed worldwide from the pandemic, and the disease has killed more than 4,200 people as of Wednesday evening.
Several events and television shows have rescheduled and/or canceled programming in responds to the rapid spreading of the virus.
Our thoughts our with those who have been affected by the disease.