Biloxi City Hall closed after employee tests positive for coronavirus

Biloxi City Hall closed after employee tests positive for coronavirus
Biloxi temporarily closed its city hall Monday morning after an employee tested positive for coronavirus.

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - Biloxi temporarily closed its city hall Monday morning after an employee tested positive for coronavirus.

All three floors of City Hall were sanitized Monday afternoon. For now, no walk-in traffic is permitted, and phone, email or online interactions are recommended for those having business at City Hall.

“We’re not going to re-open the doors to City Hall until after City Hall staff have shown negative test results,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “We expect to have those results in 24 to 48 hours.”

According to city officials, administration staff and city council members were notified of the positive test Monday morning and those who have come in contact with the employee are being testing or are self-monitoring for any symptoms.

This employee is the first in city hall to test positive for COVID-19 and only the second city employee to receive a positive test since nearly one dozen firefighters tested positive in late March.

"I am proud of the precautions city employees have been taking," Mayor Gilich said. "With more than 600 employees, less than a dozen have contracted the virus. This shows that employees are taking this seriously."

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