The latest numbers; Mask up, Biloxi

Fifty new positive tests for the coronavirus have been reported in Harrison County in the past 24 hours in a two-week span that has seen the daily average nearly triple, and on Friday, ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, the city is hoping to give away thousands of facemasks to help slow the spread.

The 50 new cases brings the daily average to Harrison County to 26.64 new positives a day, nearly triple the 10.5 daily average of two weeks ago. Additionally, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 870 newly confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, including 600-plus new cases on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Thursday, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced “Mask up, Biloxi,” a program where thousands of facemasks would be given to the public.

Five locations will be open Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering drive-through service, with between four to six masks to each vehicle.

The locations: Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center, 591 Howard Ave.; Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd.; Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, 170 Porter Ave. (enter off Howard Avenue); Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Road; and Fire Station 8, 8479 Woolmarket Road.
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