The host of ABC’s 7.30 Leigh Sales is in self-isolation after she woke up feeling unwell and decided to seek out a coronavirus test.
“I woke up this morning unfortunately with a bit of a sore throat and a tiny bit of a runny nose,” Sales said in a video shared on Twitter.
“And so I’m doing the right thing, I’m at the COVID testing clinic at RPA to get checked and I’ll be going straight home to self isolate.
She said her ABC program 7.30 would be broadcast tonight from her home.
“We’ve had gear set up there that I’ve learned to use in the eventuality that something like this would happen.
“I feel fine so I will just work from home until I get my test results back.”
Sales urged anyone who felt unwell to “do the right thing” and seek out a coronavirus test.
“@leighsales is currently in isolation after getting a COVID-19 test today, so tonight she will be presenting 7.30 from her home,” ABC’s 7.30 added in a tweet.
It’s not known when Sales will know the result of her test.
Sales shared a second video explaining why she was ready to broadcast from her home at such short notice.
“Back when the corona pandemic began we did some war gaming about what would happen if either I was exposed to someone and had to self-isolate, or if I got corona or, as has happened today, I got the sniffles, and had to have a test and had to self isolate,” Sales said.
“The other thing we wondered was, ‘What if someone with coronavirus goes to the 7.30 studio and we have to shut the studio for cleaning?’.”
Sales said a crew came to her home and set up cameras and a “mini studio facilities”.
She said she was “pretty nervous” to be operating the broadcast gear, “but it reminds me of when I was a foreign correspondent”.
“If you couldn’t get your gear to work, ain’t nobody coming to help you. You have to work out how to do it yourself.
“Also, I’ve had some intensive makeup tutorials from my makeup artist … to hopefully make myself look a little bit sharper than this when it’s time for the show tonight.”
Commenters on Twitter praised Sales for her proactive approach.
“Thanks so much for posting this. Great you got tested, hope it comes back negative,” one commenter said, adding they’d be watching 7.30 tonight.
“Good on you for setting an example. All the best Leigh,” another said.
“Everything crossed for you Sales,” another well wisher added.
Recently the hosts and staff of ABC Breakfast were forced into self-isolation after a crew member was exposed to COVID-19.
The breakfast show’s floor manager discovered his wife had tested positive to coronavirus last week, leading to hosts Lisa Millar, Michael Rowland, and Nate Byrne to enter into isolation while they awaited the result of the floor manager’s test result.
Millar, Rowland and Byrne have all now returned to work.