Birmingham mayor released from hospital after treatment for COVID pneumonia

Birmingham mayor released from hospital after treatment for COVID pneumonia
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin (Source: City of Birmingham)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin was released from a Birmingham hospital Wednesday after receiving treatment to address COVID pneumonia, according to city officials.

While in Princeton Baptist Medical Center, officials say Mayor Woodfin received Remdesivir and convalescence plasma therapy.

The mayor’s personal physician says the mayor’s condition has improved since being admitted to the hospital on January 4.

Woodfin will continue his recovery at home, where he will self-quarantine as he continues to perform his mayoral duties.

The mayor released the following statement upon 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.

I also want to thank everyone who has sent text messages, emails and shared comments on social media. I have been deeply moved and humbled by those messages.

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. We are not out of the woods. People need to take this virus seriously.

On this day that I’m being discharged, my grandmother is being laid to rest. That pains me. 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.”

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