TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The City of Tupelo is mourning the death of one of its employees who died from the coronavirus.
Terri Blissard died Saturday at the hospital in Tupelo.
She was a grant writer for the city.
In remembrance, the city is displaying black ribbons at City Hall.
According to the City, Blissard tested positive for the coronavirus on July 12. In response, the City temporarily closed City Hall. The closure allowed crews to clean and sanitize the building, and the city tested remaining employees. All City Hall employees tested negative.
The City issued the following statement Sunday.
"Mayor Jason Shelton extends his deepest sympathy and condolences to the family, friends and fellow colleagues of the City of Tupelo as we mourn the death of Terri Blissard, grant writer for our city. Terri lost her battle with COVID-19 yesterday at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Just two weeks ago on July 12, 2020, Terri tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the 72-hour closure of Tupelo City Hall which included the cleaning and sanitizing of the facility, as well as the testing of all its employees. Terri’s commitment to always wearing a face mask undoubtedly stopped the spread of the virus, as every city hall employee tested negative.
Terri Blissard was an integral part of the City of Tupelo’s administration. Her work ethic was stellar, and resulted in the funding for countless projects which benefited our city. She was a loyal employee and a dear friend to each of us.
As we mourn the death of Terri Blissard, one of our own, we are reminded that COVID-19 continues to take its toll on Tupelo, our state and country. We encourage everyone to be vigilant in precautions to stop the spread of this deadly virus."