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'Good Morning America' Mourns The Death Of Camera Operator Tony Greer From COVID-19

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By Clark Sparky

CBS announced on Wednesday morning that the network lost a member of its team to the coronavirus. "Good Morning America" announced the news on air an with an Instagram post. This comes just two weeks after NBC lost one of its crew members to the illness.

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"'GMA' remembers studio camera operator who died of coronavirus," the post read. "Tony Greer, a beloved member of our GMA family, passed away after testing positive for COVID-19. He will be dearly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Co-anchor Robin Roberts paid tribute to Greer during the segment. "It's a very sad day for our GMA family" she said. "He was such a bright light. ... You could just feel Tony's beautiful spirit. You could feel it from a mile away. We love Tony. ... We loved every single moment we were blessed to spend and share with Tony."

She continued by addressing Greer's mother: "We've got to say this to you, ma'am: your son was a good man. He was kind, he was thoughtful, he was a gentleman. He was a consonant gentleman and such a lovely man, such a lovely spirit."

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Co-anchor Michael Strahan added, "He will be missed here in our studio, and our thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family and to our GMA family as well."

ABC News President James Goldston sent a memo to the network's staff about the tragic news and said that Greer "had a sense of pride about working on GMA, and no matter the hour, if the show needed him to come in for an extra shift, he was always there for the team."

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings.

Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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