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NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell says he has tested positive for COVID-19 in e-mail to staff

Key Points
  • NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said he has tested positive for COVID-19 in an e-mail to staff.
  • Shell wrote that he is improving every day while working remotely in Los Angeles.
  • Shell took over as NBCUniversal CEO from Steve Burke on Jan. 1.
Jeff Shell, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group at NBC Universal Media LLC, speaks during the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills , California, U.S., on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. 
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New NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said he has tested positive for COVID-19 in an e-mail sent to NBCUniversal staff.

Shell wrote that he is "improving every day" while working remotely in Los Angeles. He emphasized that NBCUniversal staff who can work from home should continue to do so indefinitely.

"The other reason to work from home is that in the event you contract the virus, it will limit the number of your colleagues you inadvertently expose. As some of you now know, I myself am in this category. I recently have been feeling under the weather and just learned that I have tested positive for Covid-19. Although the virus has been tough to cope with, I have managed to work remotely in LA and am improving every day," Shell wrote.

Shell took over from Steve Burke as NBCUniversal's CEO on Jan. 1. 

Disclosure: NBCUniversal is the parent company of CNBC.

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