League City officials: Mayor on the mend from COVID-19

(Courtesy Pat Hallisey)
(Courtesy Pat Hallisey)

(Courtesy Pat Hallisey)

League City Mayor Pat Hallisey, who tested positive for COVID-19 nearly two weeks ago Nov. 17, is on the mend, City Manager John Baumgartner said.

Additionally, League City City Council Member Larry Millican has tested positive for COVID-19, but he, too, is recovering. City officials have since been tested for the coronavirus, and the results came back negative, city officials said.

Baumgartner spoke to Hallisey on Thanksgiving and Nov. 28. Hallisey sounded better on Thanksgiving than he had since testing positive, and he sounded even better by Nov. 28, Baumgartner said.

Originally, Hallisey went home with a sore throat but was later admitted to the intensive care unit at a local hospital, where he was put on oxygen, which he is still on. He was then transferred to the intermediate care unit, which is for patients in critical condition but who do not need as much attention as those in the ICU, Baumgartner said.

Hallisey is now “bored to tears” and getting “crank and fussy,” calling and emailing the city regularly, Baumgartner joked.


Hallisey, 70, was treated for a heart attack in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey, which resulted in the amputation of his left leg.

Millican tested positive Nov. 23 and attended the Nov. 24 City Council meeting virtually. He looked “flushed,” but he seems to be recovering, Baumgartner said.

Hallisey’s wife, Janice Hallisey, also contracted COVID-19, but she, too, is on the mend, officials said. Janice Hallisey attended the city’s annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony Nov. 29 from the safety of her car.
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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