Fox 2 journalist Maurielle Lue shares personal health news while thanking online well-wishers for "all of the birthday love."
"Unfortunately I am spending this birthday battling #covid," she says Saturday night on Twitter and Facebook. "This is without a doubt the most difficult illness I have ever faced. I am prayerful that I will turn a corner soon."
The morning anchor and reporter, who joined the local station in 2011, had anchored and co-hosted from home for pandemic safety. Her last remote segment apparently was a March 15 discussion of Grammys fashions.
"I believe it [the virus] came courtesy of a food or grocery delivery," she replies Sunday to a Twitter question. Lue, recuperating at home, also posts:
"I believe I had it last year during Mardi Gras, before the shutdowns and before we knew what it would be. I didn't have any more antibodies by the time I took the test, but I'm sure I had it before. THIS is much worse."
The broadcaster draws over 2,800 comments in less than a day below her Facebook post, which is shared more than 100 times.
She planned to make a brief Facebook Live appearance:
In addition to weekday anchor duties, Lue hosted "The Nine," a morning news talk show, and has been a co-host of "Let it Rip Weekend."