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Mayor back at work after COVID symptoms

By Michael Butler

Tallassee mayor Johnny Hammock has returned to his office at City Hall after a bout with COVID-like symptoms.

"I had a touch of the corona I guess," Hammock said. "I know my body well enough. I try to exercise and eat right. I know when I'm getting sick. I knew something was wrong.

"I went straight to John Aldridge. He said, 'I'm pretty sure you've got it. I'm not even going to test you. I'm going to treat you like you have it and send you on to the house.'"

Hammock quarantined himself and worked from home.

"I touch every department of the city. I'm all around town every day. I'm at City Hall. I'm at the police department. I'm at the fire department, the rec center. I'm the x factor that could shut down the whole city. I have remote access (and) able to work from my house with laptops."

Hammock thinks the first contact he had with someone positive for COVID-19 came on the night of the election.

"I had people from my church there. They came up positive. They got tested. I'm almost 100 percent sure I had it."

The mayor is almost one month removed now from the first sign of symptoms.

"It was like a real bad case of the flu," he said. "I didn't have any energy. I'm used to doing over 10,000 steps a day. I have a Fitbit. I have a treadmill at my house. I walk. I try to do three miles a day. I felt like I had an upper respiratory type infection with breathing and tightness in my chest, headaches, muscle aches. It was like a cross between the flu and mono."

Hammock is almost back to normal but not quite.

"Yesterday was a long day at work. I finally shut it down after about 13 hours. I was pooped."