Collin County commissioners authorize $2 million purchase of COVID-19 equipment, supplies

Collin County commissioners voted on the purchase of personal protective equipment at an April 27 meeting. (Courtesy Collin County)
Collin County commissioners voted on the purchase of personal protective equipment at an April 27 meeting. (Courtesy Collin County)

Collin County commissioners voted on the purchase of personal protective equipment at an April 27 meeting. (Courtesy Collin County)

Collin County commissioners voted to authorize the purchase of more personal protective equipment, COVID-19 testing supplies and sanitization supplies.

The unanimous vote at an April 27 meeting allows the county to purchase the equipment and supplies related to COVID-19 with a $2 million cap.

“Our Public Health Department itself, we have [personal protective equipment] to last us,” County Administrator Bill Bilyeu said at the meeting. “But what we’re purchasing for now is other people’s support in emergency support.”

The purchasing decision is a result of feedback from outside medical professionals about which equipment and supplies the medical community would prefer, Bilyeu said.

Bilyeu also updated the court that county offices will receive an additional 110 gallons of sanitizer.


“We, internally, now own enough inventory to where we can support those staffs if the elected official or department head determines they want to use [personal protective equipment] inside of their offices,” Bilyeu said.

County offices could see more traffic after County Judge Chris Hill issued an executive order April 24 allowing for public access to county government offices beginning May 1. This will open county government offices for unscheduled, in-person visits.

But during the April 27 meeting, Bilyeu said transactional courts, such as the Collin County justice of the peace, county court of law and district courts, will likely not open until June 1 at the earliest.
By Elizabeth Ucles
Elizabeth is the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Frisco edition. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a journalism concentration and a minor in Spanish in May 2019. Elizabeth covers public and higher education, development and transportation.


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