Montgomery County Commissioners Court approved a request from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to purchase medical supplies from the company Bound Tree in an amount not exceeding $1,490,000. The supplies will be used to distribute and administer vaccines to the public, who choose to take the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months. The funds will come from CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) Act Funds.
Commissioners approved the request at their regular meeting on November 17.
“We are seeing an uptick in the number of cases across the County, across the State, across the Nation. The good news to come out of this is vaccines. We have two potential candidate vaccines that should be coming to us as a County by the end of the year,” said Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Executive Director Jason Millsaps. “We have a phased rollout of those vaccines based on the guidance we’re getting from the federal government. This item is a purchase of medical supplies so we can roll out the distribution of these vaccines to the public when we do get them.”
Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley asked if the PPE (personal protective equipment) the County has been purchasing is made in America, or from all over the world.
“Originally, early on, in March and April, we were sourcing from wherever we could get it,” said Millsaps. “Now, most of the PPE is coming from 3M (company) directly, and so it is American made. We are not buying any technical stuff from China, because that’s prohibited.” Some of our cheaper surgical masks, because we bought so many at one time that we’re still going through, that’s still from China. The last few invoices I’ve brought (to you), specific to PPE for N-95 masks are from 3M direct, and they’re being manufactured here.”
Commissioners also approved $29 million in CARES Act Funds to the six school districts in Montgomery County. The item approved is an addendum to the current reimbursement agreements with Conroe, New Caney, Splendora, Willis, Magnolia and Montgomery ISD’s.