Be Prepared: Masks, other restrictions in the works

Signs alerting the public to the new facemask policy in Biloxi municipal facilities went up in buildings across the city today, as Harrison County reported a record-breaking 56 newly identified cases of the coronavirus and Gov. Tate Reeves has sounded an alarm: Tighter restrictions involving masks and groups are on the way for Harrison and Jackson counties.

 The numbers released today for the past 24 hours — 1,031 new cases statewide and 11 deaths — also included a new death in Harrison County, bringing the countywide total to 15 deaths, four of which were in the past week.

 “Please take this as an alarm,” Gov. Reeves said. “Our numbers are getting worse. We need your cooperation.”

 Today’s Be Prepared report, which focuses on the city’s coronavirus efforts, also includes insight from Tom McDougal of Merit Health Biloxi.
Facebook: See today’s report
YouTube: See today’s report
Governor’s latest executive order (July 10, 2020)
Mayor’s latest executive order (July 9, 2020)
Mask Up, Biloxi: Print your own sign (8.5 x 11)
See the overall tracking chart
See the daily comparison chart
See the Harrison County 14-day chart 
See the Opening Up Biloxi Again guidelines
See the Opening Up America Again guidelines

News & notes; U.S. 90 update, Council TV, heat

U.S. 90 update: The lane closure on U.S. 90 just south of the Biloxi City Cemetery has been extended. The northernmost lane of U.S. 90 re-opened this afternoon before 4, but will be closed again Monday through Wednesday. For more on traffic in Biloxi, click here.

Council TV: See Biloxi City Council meetings on BTV daily at 9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tune in on Channel 56 on Sparklight, or you can see recordings of the council meeting videos on the city’s YouTube page. To see the meeting archive, click here.

Heat: The National Weather Service has issued an advisory to those planning on working outdoors: Be careful. The forecast for Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 110. To read more, click here.