On Jan 23rd news was released on The Boyz Twitter & fan cafe that member Eric has tested positive for covid19. The tweet which is in Korean translates to
“The Boyz Eric tests positive for COVID-19 here are notices about schedule changes” The agency also shared a link to a message on their Fan Cafe, saying that after Eric tested positive for covid all members were tested and they are currently awaiting their test results.
IST’s statement reads…
This is IST Entertainment.
We are informing you that the agency’s artist THE BOYZ’s Eric has tested positive for COVID-19.
On January 20, after THE BOYZ member Eric completed the third dose of his COVID-19 vaccine, he received contact that an acquaintance of the friend he had dinner with had tested positive for COVID-19, so he preemptively took a PCR test on the morning of January 21 and tested negative.
After testing negative on January 21, Eric did not have any particular symptoms, so he quarantined until January 21, and then he joined [THE BOYZ’s] scheduled activities after confirming he tested negative with a self-testing kit on January 22. Afterwards, since a group reality show filming was scheduled for January 24, Eric preemptively took a PCR test again on January 23, and he received a positive test result on the morning of January 24.
After hearing news of Eric’s positive COVID-19 test this morning, THE BOYZ and the staff all got tested for COVID-19.
Currently, we are waiting for the results of the tests.
Furthermore, we promptly delivered this news to the organizers of last weekend’s scheduled activity.
We will post another official announcement immediately once the test results are out.
THE BOYZ will adjust their official schedule, and we will inform you of changes to the schedule afterwards through the official home page.
We apologize for causing concern, and the company is currently taking the other necessary measures in accordance with the guidelines set by health authorities. We will do our best for the health and safety of our artists by following the health authorities’ self-quarantine and prevention guidelines as our top priority.
Fans worldwide have now taken to social media to give Eric get-well-soon messages. The hashtag “GET WELL SOON ERIC” is trending worldwide.