DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling continues to recover from COVID-19 since he tested positive on New Years Day.
Mayor Bowling says he has had mild symptoms of COVID since receiving that positive test. He wants local residents to realize the severity of this virus considering the state of the county and it’s hospitals.
Bowling is quarantined until January 12th, but has been maintaining his work schedule.
“It’s just business as usual you know for the most part,” Bowling said.
This comes after Bowling spent the Christmas holiday with his immediate family. Mayor Bowling and his wife both received the monoclonal antibody treatment.
“It was painless. I received excellent care. I’m amazed at the care provided by the healthcare workers. Every time they would enter the room they would put on new PPE,” Bowling said.
Bowling received the infusion at Decatur Morgan Parkway West Campus.
Bowling is encouraged by the results this antibody treatment can have and urges everyone who is eligible to receive this.
“Our physician, the patients that he has treated at his practice who have been COVID positive, all who have received the infusion have survived. To include a 90-year-old patient,” Bowling said.
With local hospitals overwhelmed with COVID patients, Bowling wants everyone in the area to continue following guidelines and to realize - this virus is real and taking the lives of many.
“I just can’t imagine how anyone can deny what’s taking place in our healthcare facilities. As Alabamians, Decatur residents, to not give credibility and sympathy to that, that breaks my heart,” Bowling said.
As of right now even before an expected surge in the coming weeks, 3 in 5 people being tested for COVID in Morgan County are testing positive.
“It’s not something that a mayor would be proud of. And our residents shouldn’t be proud of that,” Bowling said.