Third in fire department tests positive

A third member of the Biloxi Fire Department has tested positive for the coronavirus, Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney announced today.

“We knew there was a chance of this happening,” Fire Chief Joe Boney said Friday when two initial positives were announced. “We are taking appropriate precautions, and this is in no way impacting our ability to respond to calls.

“All firefighters have been made aware of this, and everyone is monitoring their conditions. In addition to continuing to take necessary precautions, we are disinfecting our stations twice a day, following protocols, and we’ll take further action as necessary.”

Meanwhile, Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard said that only two percent of the city’s 650 employees are at home on self-quarantine. Employees at closed recreational facilities have been temporarily reassigned to other departments and still working.