Alabama mayor hospitalized with coronavirus infection

Nurses and medical staff make their way through the seventh floor COVID-19 unit at East Alabama Medical Center Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Opelika, Ala. COVID-19 patients occupy most of the beds in ICU in addition to the non-critical patients on the seventh floor. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)

The mayor of an Alabama city said he was hospitalized over the weekend after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon said in a Facebook post that he was admitted to the hospital Sunday night, hours after learning he was infected with the coronavirus, The Tuscaloosa News reported.

“My breathing is good,” the 67-year-old mayor wrote. “My main problem is that I developed blood clots.”

He said he was scheduled to undergo tests and an ultrasound Monday.

The mayor’s wife, Key Herndon, was hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this month. He announced Friday that she had come home.

Northport is a city of about 25,000 just outside Tuscaloosa. Herndon’s election in October marked his return to the office he previously held from 2008 to 2016.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.