The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court approved several measures to help the county continue the fight against the novel coronavirus.

Commissioners approved a request for $50,000 in public assistance to give qualified county residents a $130 food voucher. They also accepted $25,000 from Reliant Energy to provide electrical assistance to qualified residents under the Reliant CARE program.

Also unanimously approved by the commissioners in Tuesday’s meeting was a request to waive passenger fares for services and trips for demand response and commuter public transportation until the disaster declaration for the coronavirus outbreak ends on April 30.

There was an amendment for commissioners to delegate authority of donations of personal protective equipment for hospitals and first responders, but Marcus Spencer of the county attorney’s office said that there was no action needed because it falls under emergency rules.

“We worked with the county auditor and this action is unnecessary,” Spencer said. “We have provisions under the emergency plan and that covers all the donations covered in this item.”

The county will take donations of materials such as disposable gowns, disposable surgical masks, face shields and other medical supplies and distribute to hospitals, health care facilities, first responders and county offices during the county’s disaster observance. These items need to be new, in the original packaging, and FDA approved.

The plan asks the county’s deputy emergency management coordinator, Alan Spears, to oversee the donation procedure and manage the warehouse where the materials are stored. Donations will be dropped off at the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy in Richmond.

County Judge KP George declared no action on the item and said, “Even in a time of crisis, we know what makes Fort Bend County great: the people who call it home. So many are willing to step up to assist in the ongoing battle against COVID-19.

“This donations management plan will continue that spirit of the community going above and beyond to ensure that we do everything to continue the fight against this invisible enemy,” George continued.

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