Renee Young, other WWE talent test positive for coronavirus

Sports broadcaster Renee Young attends the Tapout Fitness WWE special event held at Tapout Fitness on Aug. 19, 2016 in New York City. Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) host Renee Young has announced that she has contracted COVID-19.

The news comes a week after WWE suspended production in Orlando, Fla., after an unnamed developmental talent at the training centre tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Man. What a few days. My show gets cancelled and I get Covid. Wear your masks and wash your hands. Stay safe, everyone,” the Canadian sports broadcaster tweeted on June 24.

Read more: WWE suspends Orlando production after wrestler tests positive for coronavirus

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Young’s husband Jon Moxley told All Elite Wrestling (AEW) management that he had come in contact with someone who had COVID-19. He was immediately pulled from this week’s Dynamite broadcast.

AEW president Tony Khan took to Twitter to thank Moxley for coming forward and being honest.

“Jon Moxley can get slammed on a car, crawl through tacks & fall through the stage, but it’s every bit as cool that he came forward & told us he’d had secondhand exposure to COVID. We test everyone here at #AEWDynamite, but Jon protected everyone onsite like the great champ he is,” Khan tweeted.

It was also reported on Wednesday that three more unnamed WWE employees who were at WWE Performance Centre have also tested positive for the virus.

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WWE released a statement, saying: “WWE will continue COVID-19 testing of its talent, production crew and employees in advance of TV productions for the foreseeable future.”

Read more: WWE deemed an ‘essential business’ during COVID-19 outbreak, says Florida mayor

Kayla Braxton, who is a correspondent for SmackDown, also shared that she has COVID-19 for the second time.

“Was keeping it quiet but since everyone else is sharing, I feel like it is my responsibility to share this PSA: YOU CAN GET COVID-19 MORE THAN ONCE! I had it back in early March and then thought I was invincible after I recovered. Not true. Dont be dumb like me,” she tweeted (and deleted).

WWE producer Adam Pearce revealed that he has also tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

“Covid was NOT on my birthday list,” he tweeted.

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Pearce also thanked his “colleagues, mentors, friends, and wrestling fans alike that all reached out.”

Last week, WWE’s associate medical director, Dr. Jeffrey Dugas, said: “A developmental talent, who was last on site at WWE’s training facility on Tuesday, June 9, has tested positive for COVID-19. Since that time, no other individuals that attended the facility have reported symptoms.

“However, out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the health and safety of the company’s performers and staff, all talent, production crew and employees on site at the training and production facilities will be tested for COVID-19 immediately.”

He said that after it receives the test results, “WWE plans to proceed with its normal television production schedule.”

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus.

For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here.


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