Fort Bend County leaders are taking proactive measures ahead of the possibility of a rise in COVID-19 cases by giving away free bottles of disinfectant.

Starting Friday at 8 a.m., the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with the Office of Emergency Management, is distributing bottles of disinfection solution to residents free of charge throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Denora, a disinfection systems manufacturer based in Sugar Land, has set up a mobile distribution center at the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy, 1521 Eugene Heimann Circle in Richmond.

Denora’s mobile machine can produce up to 25,000 gallons of the disinfection solution (sodium hypochlorite) a day.

“We will be distributing this disinfection solution in 32-ounce bottles with a one gallon refill container per household,” Sheriff Troy Nehls said.

The solution is to be used for surface cleaning only.

The disinfectant will be given away seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This is a fluid situation so we’ll be offering this service according to supply and demand,” Nehls said.

A valid Texas driver’s license is needed to prove residency.

Elderly or disabld residents who cannot come to the distribution site are encouraged to contact YANA —You Are Not Alone — program at 281-341-YANA (9262) to set up a time to have the product delivered.

“We see what this virus is doing to other parts of the country and it’s crucial we try to stay ahead of it,” Nehls added. “Do your part and pick up your bottle. We will get through this together.”

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