Blytheville PD, FD report positive tests

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

During Blytheville Mayor James Sanders Monday COVID-19 press conference, Blytheville Fire Chief Mike Carney and Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson announced that members at each department were being quarantined for COVID-19.

Chief Carney said, “One of our members has tested positive within the last couple of days. As a result of that we have six other members that have tested today. Right now those six have not had any symptoms. The one who did test positive was running a fever a few days ago, so he will be quarantined until the doctors tell him it is time to come back.”

Chief Thompson stated, “We have three officers that are off-duty right now. One officer and one employee tested positive which we have reported on previously and they are the only ones who have actually tested positive and they are in the recovering process.”

Thompson continued, “We do have another officer out that is quarantined after their spouse tested positive. The third officer is off pending test results after experiencing a fever over a several day span.”

As of Tuesday, the Arkansas Department of Health reports 1,506 positive COVID-19 cases in Mississippi County, 91 active cases, 1,378 recoveries, and 37 deaths.