WWE continues to struggle with containing the spread of COVID-19 among its in-ring talent and Performance Center staff. Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that the latest round of COVID-19 testing for staff, “fans,” and in-ring talent has delivered some Wade Barrett style of bad news for WWE — at least 30 people have now tested positive for the virus.
According to reports, WWE’s medical staff has administered almost 1,500 tests since they first began testing talent and staff for COVID-19 near the end of June last month. The sudden change in policy to start mass testing at the company’s Orlando based taping facility occurred as Florida saw a huge resurgence of positive cases following their expedited reopening, confirming 5,500 new cases in a single day.
Following the ramp up in testing, news broke about a week and a half ago that an outbreak of COVID-19 infections occurred at the Performance Center, with multiple notable staff members infected, including Kayla Braxton (supposed got it twice), Jamie Noble, Adam Pearce, and Renee Young.
As I mentioned, on-air interviewer Kayla Braxton supposedly got infected twice and announced the news to fans on Twitter. WWE was reportedly not happy that both Braxton and Young shared the news of their infections with the public, and has supposedly told all staff to keep the news private if they do become infected.
If you’re curious about whether or not you can get infected with COVID-19 twice, AIPT was fortunate enough to have a virologist look at Kayla Braxton’s case and break down all the facts available on how people get infected and if it’s possible to have it happen twice.
WWE’s struggle to contain the virus has caused the company to start using common sense, resulting in a mandatory face mask policy. Failure to wear a mask will result in a $500 fine, with each following violation resulting in a $1,000. Pretty serious discipline for a group of people who are all fairly well off.
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