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Midland County receives state funds promised after 2019 mass shooting, finalizes contract for CHAT program

The funds will serve as reimbursement for autopsy and towing costs related to the tragedy.

MIDLAND, Texas — The Midland County Commissioner's Court met Monday, discussing the reception of a state grant for the August 2019 mass shooting and a contract for the county COVID-19 community information gathering program, CHAT.

Mass Shooting Grant: 

Midland County has now received state funds from a grant that was promised one year ago as a result of the mass shooting that took place on August 31 of 2019. 

The county has received $16,000 from the state to reimburse expenses for autopsies conducted by the county medical examiner as well as the towing of vehicles that were involved in the tragedy.

CHAT Program:

Specifics of the contract with a company for the CHAT program have now been finalized.

CHAT is an texting program designed to source information about the spread of COVID-19 through community participation, users text 432-287-7337 and are asked whether they have experienced three common COVID-19 symptoms. 

With the contract finalized, we now know that the service cost for Midland County will not exceed $15,000 over the course of two months.

The funds for marketing and planning will be drawn from the county judge's professional service budget.

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