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Channel 7 employee’s COVID-19 infection prompts Martin Place studio deep-clean

An employee at Channel Seven’s Martin Place studio in Sydney, which broadcasts Sunrise and Seven News, has tested positive to COVID-19, with a number of close contacts forced into isolation.

A Seven West Media spokesman said there was no change to Friday’s production schedule “at this time” but back-up plans were in place should the situation change.

The Sunrise set at Channel 7’s Martin Place studio.

The Sunrise set at Channel 7’s Martin Place studio. Credit:Jacky Ghossein

The production staff member took a COVID-19 test after they were identified earlier in the week as a close contact of a case unrelated to Seven.

They worked at the Martin Place studio on early morning shifts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

“The staff member is double vaccinated, does not reside in a [Local Government Area] hotspot and is asymptomatic,” the spokesman said. “The staff member has been in self-isolation from the moment they were identified as a close contact and their test results were later confirmed as positive.”

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Seven says it is introducing precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of its staff and is following NSW Health guidelines and all other relevant regulations.

“Our Martin Place centre will be deep-cleaned this evening from 8pm,” the spokesman said.

“From tomorrow rapid antigen tests will be made available for all Martin Place staff and for field crews.

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