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‘Riverdale’ filming suspended after possible coronavirus exposure

Production of B.C.-shot 'Riverdale' has been suspended after a crew member came in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. .
Production of B.C.-shot 'Riverdale' has been suspended after a crew member came in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. . Colin Bentley / ©The CW / Courtesy Everett Collection

The popular Metro Vancouver-filmed teen drama Riverdale has suspended production, after a someone working on the series came in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Production company Warner Brothers said the worker was being medically evaluated.

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“We are working closely with the appropriate authorities and health agencies in Vancouver to identify and contact all individuals who may have come into direct contact with our team member,” said a Warner Brothers spokesperson in an email.

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B.C. health officials announce 7 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 46

“The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews is always our top priority.”

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According to B.C. production tracking website What’s Filming, Riverdale was meant to wrap production on April 4.

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B.C. film union IATSE Local 891 told Global News they had no information other than a statement from Warner Brothers that “a key cast member has fallen ill”.

“We are not about to speculate on the nature of the illness, and have no further information to share,” the union said in an emailed statement.

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Riverdale, in its fourth season, is considered one of the B.C. film industry’s major successes.

A report produced by accounting firm MNP LLP in 2017 found that the production’s first season created more than 1,000 jobs and does business with 773 firms in 31 B.C. communities.

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