BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - Biloxi City Hall will reopen to the public Thursday morning, despite having two additional employees test positive for the novel coronavirus.
In total, three employees are recovering from the virus in their respective houses, and more tests are being done to determine if any additional staff members also have COVID-19; the test results are still pending.
Those who have tested positive are required to stay at home for two weeks and be symptom-free for 72 hours before they return to work, while the employees headed back to work are required to wear facemasks when interacting with the public.
“If a city employee is speaking to a member of the public, the employee needs to have a mask on,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “It’s the safe and prudent thing to do. If you don’t want to wear a mask throughout the day when you are not near others, have it handy and use it when near others.”
According to Biloxi Public Affairs Specialist Cecilia Dobbs Walton, Biloxi City Hall was sanitized again on Wednesday.
The city also announced that they will be hosting a drive-thru mask giveaway on Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The locations are as follows:
- Dr. Frank G. Gruich Community Center, 591 Howard Ave.
- Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd.
- Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, 170 Porter Ave.
- Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Road
- Fire Station 8, 8479 Woolmarket Road
If Friday does not suit your schedule, masks will still be available to the public regularly from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Biloxi Visitors Center.
“Wearing masks is not the total answer,” Gilich said, “but wearing a mask, social distancing and staying away from crowds are all things to remember. If you feel sick stay home, see a doctor.”