On June 15, WWE announced a developmental talent present at the June 9 TV tapings had tested positive for coronavirus. The company subsequently shut down production on June 16 so all talent and staff could be tested for COVID-19, and were ultimately forced to cancel Wednesday's Friday Night SmackDown tapings because some people did not receive their test results back by Wednesday afternoon.
There have now been more positive coronavirus tests in WWE as Ryan Satin at Pro Wrestling Sheet reported at least three people, including an in-ring talent, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. The actual number could be much higher, however, as Mike Johnson at PWInsider noted a source told him positive tests were in the "two dozen range."
Former WWE Backstage host Renee Young announced she had contracted the virus. She tweeted: "Man. What a few days. My show gets cancelled and I get Covid. Wear your masks and wash your hands. Stay safe, everyone."
In terms of the timeline, Johnson reported WWE started emailing staff and talent on Monday telling them there had been a new positive test for COVID-19 and advised them to get tested as soon as possible. Multiple people then tested positive for the virus.
WWE issued a statement last night but failed to confirm if more people had tested positive for coronavirus.
The company wrote: "WWE will continue COVID-19 testing of its talent, production crew and employees in advance of TV productions for the foreseeable future."
The status of this week's TV tapings remains up in the air. The company was reportedly scheduled to tape episodes of SmackDown and Raw on Friday and Saturday.
Coronavirus cases in Florida also continue to rise as 5,511 new cases were confirmed yesterday. Florida reopened on June 5 and since then, 48,831 people have tested positive for COVID-19.