EXCLUSIVE: How AEW Handled Positive COVID-19 Test For UFC Fighter Last Week

Last week both AEW and UFC held events in Jacksonville, Florida and both companies put their talent and staff up at the same hotel, which resulted in a potentially serious situation after positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed.

UFC Fighter Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, and two of his cornermen tested positive for the coronavirus prior to his UFC 249 fight last weekend.

It was reported that “a lot of the AEW talent, not all” were also staying at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Florida where UFC had also put up their fighters and staff. This of course caused a lot of concern about possible exposure, which AEW appears to have been on top of as none of their talent or staff have tested positive for the virus.

When speaking to sources within AEW, I asked about any potential exposure that could have taken place. I was told that nobody from AEW encountered Souza or anyone from his camp. Once news came down that they had tested positive all AEW employees were sent questionnaires regarding any possible interaction or encounters. Everyone was then tested, and no AEW employees tested positive.

AEW recorded last night’s episode of Dynamite last week while in Jacksonville, and will return live next week for the go-home episode leading into Double Or Nothing.

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