NBC News Employee Dies from Coronavirus
Long time staffer for news outlet succumbs to the virus
Audio technician Larry Edgeworth is the first staffer from the outlet to die from the coronavirus.
NBC Chairman Andy Lack told staffers called Edgeworth a “longtime member of our NBC News family.”
Edgeworth had “suffered from other health issues that led him to succumb to the illness," Lack added.
“Many of you were fortunate enough to work with Larry over the years, so you know that he was the guy you wanted by your side no matter where you were,” wrote Lack.
“Stacy Brady says he was known as the ‘gentle giant who would give you the shirt off his back.’”
The death of the staff member comes as star such as Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and Craig Melvin, have been working from home following a Today show staffer contracting the illness.
The CBS News Broadcast Center in New York closed for or cleaning after the network confirmed its first coronavirus case last week.
On Friday, Neon Nettle reported a large percentage of patients hospitalized after being infected with the deadly coronavirus are young adults.
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It has been widely reported that the elderly population is at higher risk of contacting COVID-19 than younger people.
However, a Wednesday report suggested that millennials should start taking the virus more seriously.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a study showing that over a third of patients admitted to hospital are young adults.
The figures show around 38 percent of the 508 patients being hospitalized in the United States is between 20 and 54 years old, the New York Times reported.
Twenty percent of patients, including those in intensive care, is between 20 to 44, the report added.