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Birmingham mayor released from hospital

The mayor’s personal physician said his health has improved since being admitted to the hospital on Monday.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin speaks during a livestreamed press conference.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin speaks during a livestreamed press conference.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has been released from Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham after receiving treatment for COVID-19 pneumonia.

The mayor’s personal physician said Woodfin’s health has improved since being admitted to the hospital on Monday night and it is no longer necessary to keep him in the hospital.

Woodfin received Remdesivir and convalescent plasma therapy in keeping with established treatment for COVID pneumonia patients.

In a statement from the mayor’s office, staff stated the mayor will continue his recovery at home, where he will self-quarantine and continue his duties as mayor.

As a patient, as a citizen and as a mayor, if ever there was a time for people to continue to take steps to help stop the spread of this virus, this is the time,” Woodfin said in a statement after his release. “I’m grateful and thankful that I stayed in touch with my primary care doctor, and he encouraged me to come into the hospital, where they were able to detect COVID pneumonia in my left lung. I’m blessed that they caught it early. To my doctor, the nurses, staff and everyone at Princeton Baptist, I thank you for taking care of me these last three days.”

In the same statement, Woodfin wrote about his grandmother’s funeral, which occurred the same day as his release from Princeton Baptist. She passed away Jan. 1 due to COVID-19.

On this day that I’m being discharged, my grandmother is being laid to rest. That pains me,” Woodfin said. “I can’t be there, and I miss her. She was 87 years old and she died of COVID-19. If you don’t have to be out, don’t be out. Wash your hands. Wear your masks and practice social distancing.”

John H. Glenn
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John is a student contributor studying communications and French at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. You can contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter.

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