You will need to show up and ask for the continuance since this is on the eve of trial and the courts typically in these small claims cases will dismiss even if a party is sick. If you are able to get someone to go to court for you with proof of your illness from a doctor, the court will grant a continuance. Your only other option is to call the judge's clerk, not the clerk of court, and ask them for the continuance over the phone.
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