JYP Entertainment announced the news on March 18, stating:
Hello, this is JYPE.
We inform you that Stray Kids member Changbin has tested positive for COVID-19 today. Changbin took a rapid antigen test on the morning of March 18th to participate in the pre-recording for KBS Music Bank and participated in activities scheduled in the morning after confirming he received a negative result.
Later, he received a positive result when he preemptively took an additional rapid antigen test to participate in scheduled activities in the afternoon, and he immediately visited a hospital to receive rapid antigen testing by medical professionals and was diagnosed with COVID-19. Changbin has received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and as he is currently not presenting any symptoms, he is quarantined and separated from the other members in accordance with the guidelines of the disease prevention authorities.
All 7 members excluding Changbin have tested negative on the rapid antigen testing by medical professionals. All members will be focusing on personal hygiene and continuously monitoring their health, and they will adhere to strict preventative measures by staying in separated living spaces for the time being. Consequently, all music show performances scheduled for this week have been fully cancelled. We ask for STAY’s understanding, as STAYs are the ones who have been eagerly waiting for the comeback performances of .
We will provide an additional notice with any future updates. We apologize for causing concern to all fans who support Stray Kids, as well as all staff involved. JYPE will place the artist’s health as the highest priority and will provide everything we can to support the artist’s swift recovery.
Stray Kid’s recently achieved a milestone in their career when they surpassed 1.3 million in pre-order sales for their new album “ODDINARY”.
We wish Changbin a speedy recovery!