BIRMINGHAM MAYOR RANDALL WOODFIN TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

by The Associated Press

Mayor Randall Woodfin is shown announcing his 2021 budget plan on Aug. 17, 2020.
(Photo by Greg Garrison/AL.com)

Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin was at home recovering Wednesday night after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released Dec. 30 by the Mayor’s office of public information.

“COVID-19 has made its way to my doorstep,” Woodfin said. “I’ve tested positive, but my symptoms are currently mild.”

Woodfin went in for a test Wednesday afternoon and received his results this evening. He is working from home, still handling matters of the city. He will continue to self-quarantine.

“Everyone, please remember that COVID is real,” Woodfin said. “Please be safe and protect yourselves and your loved ones.’’

Ariana Garza, Public Relations Manager for the Birmingham Police Department, said Wednesday that everyone who attended a press conference Wednesday morning with Woodfin will quarantine and be tested.

Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith, who also spoke at the event, is experiencing no symptoms, Garza said.

“I’m happy to report that he is feeling fine and is not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19,” she said.

“He plans to stay in quarantine until he is tested and cleared. Chief Smith is dedicated to following the CDC guidelines and wears a mask at all times. He also washes and sanitizes his hands and workplace often. Thankfully, he has not experienced any issues since the onset of the health pandemic.”

The press briefing was available to media only by video and