The Today show team addressed the weatherman’s absence on Thursday morning’s episode, confirming that Roker, 68, is sitting out of Hurricane Ian coverage due to the virus.
“Some people have been wondering during the storm, ‘Where is Al?’ Al happened to test positive for COVID,” Hoda Kotb said. “We’re happy to say he’s feeling fine, just mild symptoms. He’s home.”
Stand-in meteorologist Bill Karins said he’s been in communication with Roker as to how to cover the devastation of the Florida hurricane.
“He’s been sending us notes,” Karins said. “He wants to be here, he feels well.”
He then joked, “I can only imagine the step count in his house, just going back and forth. But Al’s helped us bring an incredible weather team here at NBC News and we’re helping you get through this storm.”
Karins ended with a note directly to Roker. “And Al, we’ll see you back here very soon,” he added.
At the time of publishing, Roker had not updated his social media followers with any information on his positive COVID test or symptoms. But he did share a weather screen on Monday of Hurricane Ian, which was still measured as a tropical storm at the time.
Roker is far from the first Today show staple to test positive for COVID. Kotb was quarantined for the virus in January. She said she was “feeling good” during the breakthrough case.
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Jenna Bush Hager was also absent from the series for a time in April after contracting COVID. “We should point out, by the way, Jenna’s not here. Jenna got COVID,” Kotb said at the time. “She’s doing great.”
There’s no word yet on when Roker will be back on set.