Hoda Kotb tested positive for COVID-19 in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak in New York City during the previous month.
The breakthrough case of the Today show anchor was originally revealed on the NBC morning show Thursday, with co-anchor Craig Melvin confirming the news on air. “She tested positive for COVID, but Hoda says she’s well, and we look forward to having her back very, very soon,” Melvin stated during the third hour of the show.
Kotb herself verified the news on Twitter, merely adding that she’s “feeling okay” after thanking everyone for their well-wishes.
Following Kotb’s positive test, several other notable TV hosts, particularly in late night, have recently tested positive amid the ongoing omicron surge.
This includes Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show, who has since returned to filming, and Seth Meyers of Late Night, who postponed a week of shows on Tuesday after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
According to the CDC’s daily case report, the COVID-19 positive rate has substantially increased across the United States since early December, with The New York Times’ own COVID tracker showing 585,535 instances on Jan. 5, a 247 percent rise over a 14-day period.
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