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Russellville mayor tests positive with two others at city hall

Russellville City Hall has been disinfected multiple times recently after three inside city hall tested positive for COVID-19 – including Russellville Mayor David Grissom.

Grissom said one employee tested positive last week, one tested positive Friday, and Grissom tested positive Monday.

“I started feeling bad over the weekend, so I decided to go and get checked since I knew I had been in contact with people who had tested positive,” Grissom said.

Grissom said at first he had congestion and a low-grade fever, but more symptoms have continued to show up after testing positive.

“I am quarantining at home, and my doctors are checking in with me often,” Grissom said.

Grissom said he encourages everyone to take precautions seriously, such as social distancing, wearing a mask and washing hands frequently.

“This stuff is no fun,” Grissom said. “It is very important for people to follow all precautions and take this seriously.”

Grissom said he is not allowed to return to the office for 14 days but is continuing to perform his job as mayor, even conducting a city council meeting over the phone.

He said the experience has made him value all healthcare providers even more after seeing the hard work they are putting into combating the virus.

“I got to see it firsthand yesterday what all they do, and it is just amazing,” Grissom said. “I am very thankful for all of the doctors, nurses and everyone in healthcare for everything that they do.”