For the the seventh week in a row, Grayson County commissioners Tuesday extended the emergency orders under which the county has been operating since the COVID-19 situation started in the United States.

The order, county leaders stressed, has nothing to do with when businesses are allowed to open or people are allowed to gather. Instead, it helps the county to track and try to recoup the lost income and additional expenses caused by the county's reaction to the COVID-19 crisis.

The county has been following the orders set out by the governor of the state of Texas with regard to business closures and public gatherings and will continue to do so, county leaders said.

The county's unbudgeted expenses for COVID-19 are over $400,000 at this point. So far more than 50 people have been reported to have contracted the COVID-19 virus in Grayson County. Fourteen people have been hospitalized with it and no one has been reported to have died from the virus in Grayson County.

In addition to extending the order, county leaders also approved as surplus for auction two pieces of road equipment, 1989 Bomag BW-213D and a 1977 Bomag K-300, a 1969 CAT D6C, ( a bull dozer), four Gradall Buckets, a 2007 Ford Escape, a 2017 Ford Transit 350 Wagon, a corrugated metal culvert (8ft. x 14ft), and a railcar culvert (7ft. x 26ft. 5in).

The items will be sold by Rene Bates Auctions.