Al Roker tests positive for COVID-19 as Bill Karins fills in for Ian’s coverage of ‘Today’ show

NEW YORK — Al Roker is dealing with COVID-19.

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This image released by NBC shows Al Roker on the set of the “Today” show in New York on February 11, 2020. Associated Press File

The “Today” show weatherman experiences mild symptoms after testing positive for the virus, prompting fellow NBC meteorologist Bill Karins to cover the morning program’s Hurricane Ian coverage.

“Some people during the storm wondered, ‘Where’s Al?’ Al happened to test positive for COVID,” Hoda Kotb told viewers on Thursday, according to People.

“We’re happy to say he’s feeling fine, just mild symptoms,” she continued. “He is home.”

Queens-born Roker, 68, has not publicly commented on his absence.

Karins also said that Roker is feeling good and told viewers, “He wants to be here.”

Kotb and fellow “Today” show hosts Jenna Bush Hager and Savannah Guthrie also each tested positive for COVID-19 at different times this year.

Ian made landfall in Florida on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane, causing significant flooding and widespread power outages. It weakened to a tropical storm Thursday as it moved through central Florida, but forecasters warn Ian could get close to hurricane strength again if it moves toward South Carolina.


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