MARSHALL — The Harrison County Commissioners Court has given the sheriff’s office approval to purchase investigative and safety equipment to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“(Those purchases) are all coming from grants,” said Deputy Dwight Mays, who is grant administrator with the sheriff’s office. “Two separate (ones) are coming from our COVID grants.”

He said both grants will pay for seek-scan kiosks for the sheriff’s office and other county departments. Harrison County Judge Chad Sims said the kiosks act as monitors that allow people to walk in front of it to scan their temperature.

“All you gotta do is stand in front for a second,” Mays said. “You set a range on it, kind of a pass or fail deal. It’ll take your exact temperature on it or it’ll say pass or fail. That way, it gives us a quick way to monitor people coming into the courthouse."

He said five already are installed at the sheriff’s office and the jail. Mays said two will probably be set up at the courthouse security desk to accommodate heavy traffic when necessary.

“There’s probably going to be two set up at the courthouse security desk just so when we have a day of court or jury selection we can have one for the tax office and one for people coming into the courthouse,” he said. “That way, we can keep that line moving pretty swiftly.”

Items approved included the purchase of one infrared camera kit at a cost of $4,500 to be paid from an East Texas Council of Governments grant.

Another purchase was for a mobile incinerator at a cost of $27,080 and seven seek-scan kiosks for a total of $17,773. Both purchases will be paid from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding COVID-19 support grant. The grant assists eligible states and governmental agencies in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.

In addition, the court approved the purchase of 12 more seek-scan kiosks at a total of $30,468 to be paid from the Texas Division of Emergency Management Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security grant funds.id.