Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Return To L.A. From Australia After Testing Positive For Coronavirus
The couple was in Australia as Hanks was filming an Elvis Presley biopic, that has now halted production. Wilson, a singer-songwriter, played gigs in Sydney and Brisbane. They came down with symptoms early in March and announced their diagnoses on March 11. The couple spent their two weeks of isolation at the Gold Coast Hospital, and Hanks gave updates to fans on Twitter.
His latest update confirms that the couple has returned safely to the US.
“Hey Folks… We’re home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing. Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA. And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes, Rita and I so appreciate it,” he wrote in a note on Saturday on Twitter.
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 28, 2020
The two were spotted in their Range Rover at Van Nuys airport in Los Angeles on Friday with big smiles on their faces, according to TMZ.
There is at least one public confirmed case of someone who came into contact with the couple that also contracted the disease. Australian television journalist Richard Wilkins reported testing positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. He met with Wilson on March 7 at the Sydney Opera House and on March 9 at the Nine Network’s Sydney studio. Two Nine Network journalists who interviewed Wilson tested negative for the virus. Officials have tracked down others who had been in contact with Hanks and Wilson, but those names were not made public.