City worker tests positive for coronavirus, causing Moss Point utility and planning departments to close for 14 days

City worker tests positive for coronavirus, causing Moss Point utility and planning departments to close for 14 days
This confirmed case will force a dozen employees in both departments to self-quarantined for 14 days and self-monitor their health for any symptoms. (Source: WLOX)

MOSS POINT, Miss. (WLOX) - The utility and planning departments in Moss Point will close for 14 days after a city worker tested positive for coronavirus, according to Moss Point Mayor Mario King.

This confirmed case will force a dozen employees in both departments to self-quarantined for 14 days and self-monitor their health for any symptoms.

“It is very serious,” King told WLOX News Monday evening.

The employee was last at work on Thursday but was not showing any signs of illness then. By Friday, the worker was not feeling well and sought medical attention.

Specific details about the worker were not released by King, except that the employee did work in the utility department and did fit into the category of some of the highest risk patients. He is also on paid administrative leave and in quarantine.

King supports a widespread quarantine to keep people at home instead of shopping and gathering with friends.

“The smartest thing we could do is self-quarantine for 14 days," he said.

He said that employees who can work from home are doing so, and those who can’t are on paid administrative leave. He also noted that meter readers are sidelined and building inspections will not take place during the closure.

For residents, they can continue to pay their utility bills by dropping them off at the city hall in the drop box, or they can make their payments online by clicking here.

In addition, talk of a curfew in the city heightened, following a Facebook Live video posted on Saturday by the mayor.

He now says that enforcing a curfew would be a difficult task and could use a lot of resources.

A special meeting was called on Sunday, where he hoped the Board of Aldermen would vote in favor of the curfew. However, the special called meeting did not have enough members present to vote on any issues.

Instead, the Jackson County Board of Supervisors will decide whether to create a uniform policy across the county.

“It’s discouraging when you have some elected officials not doing anything,” King said.

But even without a curfew directive, King said that he’s encouraged by many in his city.

“People in Moss Point are staying in and the businesses are compliant and have been receptive to what has to be done,” he said.

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