DeSoto County residents pick up hundreds of free masks in giveaway

WATCH: Hundreds of mask given out in DeSoto County as COVID-19 numbers rise

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — The amount of people being infected with COVID-19 across Mississippi is rising, but especially in DeSoto County, where there are more confirmed cases of COVID-19 than anywhere in the state.

The mounting number of hospitalizations is at critical levels.

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There are efforts to flatten the curve in Mississippi with masks, which were given away by the hundreds Saturday.

The masks were given away at 11 drive-thru locations in the county and were free to those with Mississippi license plates or a Mississippi state identification.

“My mother lives with me and my husband has a lot of underlying conditions, so this is important to me,” said Kathy Killion after driving through one of the locations.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an advisory against traveling for Thanksgiving and public health officials have advised against meeting in large groups for the holiday as families traditionally come together to celebrate.

“I think it’s great,” said Mindy Christian of the giveaway and its timing. “That way nobody can have the excuse that they don’t have one.”

Killion offered a grim warning.

“I had people who died. Just look at the death rates and you’ll wear a mask,” she said.