WPLG’s Evening Anchor and Her Reporter Husband Contract Covid-19

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

WPLG, the ABC station in Miami, now has five staffers fighting Covid-19. Those who have tested positive include the station’s main evening anchor, Nicole Perez, and her husband, reporter Roy Ramos.

In an interview with Perez’s co-anchor Calvin Hughes, Perez and Ramos say they’re experiencing clinical symptoms including cough, congestion, chills, fatigue and the loss of taste and smell.

“It was just a slight cough,” Ramos said about his initial symptoms. “That cough then turned to a runny nose, then congestion. [I’m] starting to feel aches and pains and chills.”


The couple isn’t sure how they contracted the virus. Perez says she’s been socially distancing at work and wearing a mask.

“It’s hard to say where I got it from, but when I got the results I was really sad,” she said. “I cried. I wasn’t expecting it at all. I really was upset. I don’t know how it happened.”

The couple plans to quarantine for the next 14 days. WPLG says the newsroom was disinfected on Monday night.

Most of the producers and technical directors have been putting on shows from home since March. Three others at the station have contracted the virus. A small percentage of workers have been in the building.

You can watch the full interview here.