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Virus Claims Life Of Mayor Of Eastern North Carolina City

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The mayor of the eastern North Carolina city of Washington has died from complications of the coronavirus. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the city announced his death on Wednesday night. Mac Hodges had been mayor since 2013 and was described as a “legend and a leader.” He tested positive for COVID-19 in July. City officials said in a statement that “we are heartbroken." But the statement also said that they are thankful for his amazing leadership and the friendship he provided. Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted his condolences. He said he’s “grateful to have worked with such a strong leader and ECU supporter who made a real difference in the lives of many.”