Second employee at ZNS tests positive

A second staff member at the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB) tested positive for COVID-19 prompting the corporation to close its headquarters, the BCB said in a statement on Tuesday.

“It has come to executive management’s attention today, August 18, 2020, that a second staff member of the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (headquarters), New Providence, as a result of possible exposure to the first case at the Corporation, has tested positive for COVID-19,” the BCB said.

“The board of directors and executive management therefore jointly announces for general information that effective immediately, the corporation’s headquarters will be closed, until further notice.

“Out of an abundance of caution for all, additional COVID-19 exposure procedures with respect to the corporation’s headquarters building will be carried out and actioned.

“We will seek to operate remotely on radio, community page and through our Northern Service operation for news and information.

“An announcement will be made later as we seek further guidance from health officials on further sanitization of the building and any contact tracing necessary and we will resume operations at a time to be announced.”

On Monday, BCB said a staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus over the weekend. 

The corporation said its news updates and nightly newscast will be broadcast from its Freeport office. Despite this, a portion of ZNS’ 7 p.m. news was broadcast from its New Providence studio. 

New Providence is currently under a seven day lockdown where food stores, private pharmacies, gas stations and water depots are closed. The move was made as cases of the virus skyrocket on the island. 

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