The Oscar-winning star released a statement on March 11 saying he and Rita tested positive for the illness, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization the same day.
"We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches," Tom said in a statement to Deadline. "Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers, too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus and were found to be positive."
Tom later reposted the statement to his Instagram account with a photo of a medical glove and hazardous materials garbage bag.
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Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive. Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!
"Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?" Tom said. "We'll keep the world posted and updated."
"Love and get well soon and come home soon to you and @RitaWilson," Julia Louis-Dreyfus commented on Tom's Instagram post.
"You always gotta be first," Marlon Wayans also joked in the comments. "First Emmy winner, first Oscar winner, first Hollywood coronavirus. That one was mine... Get well soon, brother. I love you tremendously. Praying for you and wifey."
Tom and Rita are in Australia because Tom had been set to play Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's legendary manager, in a biopic about the star who helped rock and roll take off around the world in the 1950s. The film was scheduled to shoot there. Tom said he and Rita "will be tested, observed and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires" as they recover.
"We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus)," Warner Bros. said in a statement to Deadline.
"We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual. The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world.
"The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment."
As of this writing, there are more than 100 countries confirmed to have coronavirus cases. Australia has 122 confirmed cases out of more than 118,000 worldwide. The virus has killed nearly 4,300 people. It prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to announce he was suspending travel from European countries to America for 30 days. The United Kingdom isn't affected by the move.
Get well soon, Tom!