UPDATE: Washington Mayor in the hospital on a ventilator for COVID-19

Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 8:37 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2020 at 10:46 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON, N.C. (WITN) - Washington Mayor Mac Hodges is in the hospital on a ventilator as he continues to battle COVID-19.

It was on July 16th Hodges says he was tested for COVID-19 after not feeling well. He got the positive results the next day.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, the mayor’s daughter, Beth Hodges Fickling wrote, “Today brought changes to Mac Hodges’s treatment. The doctors and Mac decided it was time to intubate. His body needs to focus on fighting this virus. He also needed nutrition that he was unable to get before. We are praying that this procedure will allow him to heal and fight the virus. Please join us as we pray for his full recovery. We also pray for those who are caring for him and for my mom who is navigating this apart from him.”

Hodges Fickling also told WITN Wednesday night that they appreciate the outpouring of support from the community.

Washington Mayor Mac Hodges tells WITN he tested positive for COVID-19 and is at home in isolation as he recovers.

Hodges says he attended Monday’s city council meeting and felt fine, except for a cough. He says other councilmembers and employees who came into contact with him either have or will be tested.

Hodges was tested Wednesday after a prescription for allergies earlier in the week failed to help.

The mayor says he’s had chills, a fever, and a cough, but overall, says he feels like he could still go to work. He says he won’t be doing that though as he is in isolation at home.

According to the Beaufort County Health Department, Beaufort County has seen 178 positive cases and one death from COVID-19.

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