ABC13's Dave Ward returns home after stay in the hospital

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- ABC13 Anchor Emeritus Dave Ward has returned home from the hospital on Monday.

Dave was hospitalized with an infection, just weeks after his wife's battle with double pneumonia believed to be related to COVID-19. Just as Dave asked for viewers then to join in praying for Laura's swift recovery, she asked the same for him.

"Dave loves Houston, and the beautiful thing is, you love Dave back," said Laura Ward. "He never asked you for anything until two weeks ago, when he requested prayers on my behalf. Now it is my turn, hopefully with your help, to return the favor. Please join me and Dave's Channel 13 family in praying him back to good health."

WATCH: Mayor Turner sends Dave Ward well wishes
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In the video above, Mayor Turner sends his best wishes to Dave Ward and his family after hearing he was hospitalized.

On Sunday, his family posted that "he cannot wait to get home to Laura."

Doctors do not believe he had COVID-19. Dave showed no symptoms of COVID-19, but as part of his treatment, he was tested and results came back negative.

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