Enterprise mayor returns to city hall after health issues

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Shortly the main municipal election, Enterprise Mayor William Cooper became extremely fatigued and lost his sense of smell and taste due to COVID-19.

After testing positive for the virus, Cooper began recuperating at home, but he would have to spend several days and nights in the hospital as his condition began to deteriorate. At 77-years-old, the mayor said he is in the vulnerable age bracket.

“This virus is for real,” he said. “It’s nothing to play with. We know (from) the staff from the governor as far as the director of health for the state of Alabama about wearing the mask. I would encourage all of us to continue and to stay out of large crowds.”

Over and over during his conversation with WDHN, Cooper said COVID-19 is nothing to fool around with. In fact, he spent several days in an area hospital.

After being appointed to fill the remainder of Mayor Kenneth Boswell’s term in 2017, Cooper is the first Black man elected to the job in that city’s history. With Thanksgiving a little more than a week away, he is asking his constituents to follow health protocols in large family gatherings:

“We know that the holidays are coming up, and there’s no place like being home for the holidays and you need to be safe, and Thanksgiving is going to be a little different this year because of the virus.”

Cooper said he’s taking it slow, working a few hours each day, but he said his strength along with his sense of taste and smell is returning.

He said that’s good because he likes to eat.

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