Large response forces change to mask giveaway

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

A large demand for free masks has forced the Grenada County Emergency Management Agency to set new distribution guidelines.

The agency distributed more than 2,500 masks, Wednesday, the first day of the giveaway.

According to the EMA, plans for additional distributions have to be more conservative to assure that everyone will get a face covering while the supplies last.

“To assure that every citizen has the opportunity to get a mask, we must change how we are giving them out,” according  to a EMA press release. “We only have adult masks, so there is no need to pick up for a child.”

Valid ID and Grenada County residency is required for all.  

According to the EMA, citizens ages 60 and above can pick up a mask between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. each weekday.

Citizens age 40 to 59 can come from 10 a.m. until noon.

From hours 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., anyone can come for a mask.

Masks are not distributed during the weekend.

Grenada County Emergency Management is located in Grenada EOC building, 370 Van Dorn Street.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) have provided the masks for the county.

Grenada County has seen a sharp increase in coronavirus cases in the past two weeks, with cases climbing 23 percent last week alone. Yesterday’s total from the state health department said 133 cases have been recorded here.

At Monday’s meeting of the Grenada City Council, the council voted for City Attorney Mary Brown to draft an ordinance that would require anyone in Grenada to wear a face mask while in public.

According to Interim Grenada City Manager Martha Profit, no date has been set for the city council’s special called meeting to vote on the ordinance.