WWE Venues Being Investigated As Potential COVID-19 Hotspots
Following 3 outbreaks since the beginning of the pandemic...
WFTV9 reported the Orange County, Florida Department of Health has asked it's Strike Team to investigate 17 businesses which they believe are COVID-19 hotspots.
The department believes bars are the biggest contributor to new coronavirus cases, but Full Sail University, the WWE Performance Center and the Amway Center are on the list of businesses.
WWE issued the following statement to WFTV9: "WWE is not open to the public, but rather operating on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance. As part of on-going weekly testing protocols, Aventus Labs have administered more than 10,000 PCR tests to WWE performers, employees, production staff and crew resulting in only 1.5 percent positive cases as compared to the current national average of more than 5%. Additionally, extensive contact tracing takes place and impacted individuals are placed in 14-day quarantine and then only cleared after they test negative."
WWE has had three COVID-19 outbreaks since the pandemic began. The first major outbreak started in late-June and 38 people reportedly tested positive for coronavirus. There was then another wave of positive tests at the Performance Center ahead of a Friday Night SmackDown taping in early-August which resulted in production being cut short. The company later suffered its third outbreak in late-September. All five members of RETRIBUTION, Nikki Cross, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler were subsequently pulled from the Clash Of Champions pay-per-view and went into quarantine for 14 days.