More details have come out regarding the news that several people in WWE, including in-ring talent, have tested positive for COVID-19. The original report noted that “at least three” people who had been at the Performance Center recently tested positive.
F4WOnline is now reporting that this news does affect at least one person, if not more, who was scheduled to be at the tapings this coming Friday and Saturday for two weeks of Raw and SmackDown. As of now, those tapings are still scheduled to take place.
The report adds that a talent says WWE will now be testing at every taping, and talent is “expected to isolate” at home or in their hotel rooms. WWE wasn’t even testing for COVID-19 prior to the positive test last Monday.
Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp tweeted that friends & family of talent, who over the last couple of weeks have been used in the audience, won’t be at this week’s tapings at the request of WWE’s medical team.
PWInsider reports that a source believes the number of positive cases is about two dozen, but the site wasn’t able to confirm that as necessarily being accurate.
In other related news, the Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have all placed restrictions on people flying into those states from states that currently have high outbreaks of the virus, which is a category Florida falls into. Anyone who does so would have to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.
Of course, a large proportion of WWE talent is based in Florida, as well as it being where the tapings are held at the Performance Center, but the three aforementioned states home the company’s entire executive branch.