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Mayor Gardner returns to City Hall

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After getting the OK from medical professionals, Mayor Terry Gardner took his first steps back into his office after first testing positive nearly three weeks ago. 

“I got approved from the doctor’s office to come back. I had my first letter of clearance and then my negative results today,” said Gardner. He also stated that he got the news of his second negative test at roughly 10 o’clock this morning. 

Given the fact that he was able to continue his Mayoral duties from home, Gardner claims that the transition back into the office is a smooth one, with the only major change being the place where he tends to his work. 

“I’m 100% and I just dove right in when I got back today. I’ve been working from home and staying in touch with all my department heads, worked on the budget some, just now I’m sitting at the desk,” said Gardner.

He also stated that one of his priorities now that his back is a workshop next week, which will be the first official gathering of the City Council with it’s new Dist. A Councilman Wayne Edwards. The workshop will provide the Mayor and Council and opportunity to review the agenda for August’s official City Council workshop. 

It’s scheduled to take place Tuesday, July 28, with a tentative time of 10 a.m. which might be changed to 1 p.m.

Gardner also reaffirmed that the City and it’s employees are continuing to follow health and safety guidelines set forth by Gov. John Bel Edwards, and continues to emphasize the importance of local citizens doing the same. 

“Everybody is practicing social distancing, we’re masked up, we’re taking temperatures when people come in the building, we’re sanitizing the building, and still following all of the Governor’s guidelines,” said Gardner.

“The COVID virus is not selective. It will jump on anybody. Wear your mask when you’re out in public, wash your hands, and stay home. Stay home as much as you can.”