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2 Houston Public Media Staffers Under Self-Quarantine

Neither employee exhibited symptoms of the coronavirus, but remained self-quarantined per University of Houston guidelines.

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Two members of the Houston Public Media news team are currently under self-quarantine after possible exposure to the coronavirus.

One of the staffers was an attendee at the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting conference in New Orleans, hosted by Investigative Reporters and Editors, a nonprofit investigative reporting group. Organizers announced late Tuesday that one of the NICAR participants was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The unidentified participant exhibited mild symptoms, was self-quarantined, and was expected to make a full recovery.

The Houston Public Media staffer who attended the conference came into close contact with a second employee. Neither has exhibited any symptoms of the coronavirus, but both are self-quarantined per University of Houston guidelines.

The exposure impacted newsrooms in Texas and across the country, including the Houston Chronicle, New York Times, and others.

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