Help Our Heroes on Monday, April 13, 2020Please consider donating materials if you have them on-hand. Your help is greatly appreciated! Collection Days and Locations are Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Central Fire Station, located at 9951 Grogan’s Mill Rd., The Woodlands, TX 77380. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Special Board of Directors Meeting The Woodlands Township Board of Directors will hold a special meeting via videoconference at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2020, to discuss the Township’s response to COVID-19. Watch the video at http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/778/Meeting-Videos. Tune in to the link above to watch.
Reminder: Parks Are Still ClosedThe Woodlands Township urges all residents and visitors to continue to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reminds that all Township parks are closed to the public until further notice. “This is an unprecedented time, and we urge Township residents and visitors to abide by the closures for their own safety and the safety of our area,” said Township Chairman Gordy Bunch. “We cannot let our guard down in this endeavor.”
Watch a video as Chairman Bunch discusses safety in the parks.
The Township’s Coronavirus pageThe Woodlands Township’s special COVID-19 information page can be found at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/covid19. This page now features Montgomery and Harris county Hubs, community resources and updated COVID-19 news from the Federal Government and the CDC. This page also includes the latest news from The Township, updates from partner agencies, social distancing strategies, important links, frequently asked questions, live Twitter feeds and more. Please check back often as it is updated frequently.
The Township Coronavirus page, Community Resources linkPlease be sure to visit the Township’s new Community Resources link, located on the Coronavirus page. This new section features resources for mental health, self-testing, grocery shopping and safety, child care, how to make your own mask, food banks, hotels that are open in The Woodlands, assistance for business and workers, blood drives and how to get assistance through the United Way. Please visit the page soon! www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/1491/Community-Resources
Do Good. Feel Good: A Guide to Community Service While Social DistancingLooking to make a positive impact during this unprecedented event in our community? Take a look at how you can help while adhering to CDC guidelines for social distancing.
Please Stay Safe! Practice Social DistancingFor pedestrians using the pathways, please remain a minimum of 6 feet apart. Be sure to stay to the right, watch for other pathway users, be especially alert when running, and listen for audible signals and allow faster pathway users to pass freely.
Montgomery County COVID-19 Case CountAs of yesterday, Montgomery County confirmed there were 251 total positive cases of COVID-19, up 6 cases from the day before. Montgomery County will no longer report numbers on Sunday, and will be hiring two additional epidemiologists to its team to help with the increasing number of positive COVID-19 tests.
Details on Montgomery County cases can be found here: https://mcphd-tx.org/coronavirus-covid-19/confirmed-cases/. Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management updates a dashboard for the cases here: https://coronavirus-response-moco.hub.arcgis.com/.
Harris County COVID-19 Case Count As of April 12, 2020 (4:00 p.m.), Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has 68 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the total to 1,505 positive cases. HCPH is also confirming that 371 of its patients have recovered. Harris County lists by quadrants, and the Village of Creekside Park is located in the NW Quadrant, where there are 576 active cases, 207 recovered and 14 deaths. There have been 28 total deaths of COVID-19 in Harris County. None of these numbers include the City of Houston. A full description of the numbers can be found here: https://harriscounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/c0de71f8ea484b85bb5efcb7c07c6914.
Message of Thanks and Support Lights The Woodlands SkylineThe Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) is showing its support to medical personnel and first responders on the front line of this current pandemic by lighting up the night sky at 9950 Woodloch Forest Drive, part of The Woodlands Towers at The Waterway, with a message of gratitude. Reinforcing that we are “standing strong together,” The Howard Hughes Corporation has adorned the 31-story, 595,000-square-foot tower at 9950 Woodloch Forest Drive with a large illuminated image of a heart. The tower lighting, a simple expression to share the compassion, respect and sincere appreciation the community feels towards the healthcare personnel and first responders, will continue throughout the current situation.
Dine Out without Dining In Visit The Woodlands, the destination marketing organization for The Woodlands, is actively working with The Woodlands restaurants, compiling and updating a list of local restaurants offering delivery or curbside pick-up. View and share the growing list of restaurants here: www.visitthewoodlands.com/eatlocal.
Upcoming Blood DrivesGulf Coast Regional Blood Center will host two upcoming blood drives at the end of April. Every donation can help save as many as three lives. Please see schedule below. For more information, please visit giveblood.org.
United Way of Greater Houston Helpline and COVID-19 Recovery FundUnited Way of Greater Houston’s 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE is our community’s go-to resource in times of disaster and every day. The 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE is available 24/7 to connect people with food, childcare, transportation, and other critical information and resources. If you or someone you know needs help, dial 211.
United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation have launched the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund to serve our region’s most vulnerable neighbors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and donate to the fund at greaterhoustonrecovery.org.
YMCA Operating as an Essential Personnel Child Care Site Located at 6145 Shadowbend Place, The Y is providing a full day of programming, snack and meals for the children of "essential personnel," including medical workers; first responders; select government staff; and grocery store, pharmacy and food distributor employees.
Children, ages 1 - 12 years old are eligible to register. The program runs Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. and features games, arts and crafts, STEAM and literacy activities. Register online. Financial assistance is available.
Food Banks—How You Can HelpLocal food banks are inventorying their resources to ascertain what will be needed in the days to come. Many Township residents have expressed a desire to volunteer or donate; please see the information below regarding those needs.
Hotlines for health questions and COVID-19Montgomery County: 936-523-5040 Harris County: 713-634-1110
Free Self-Screening Tool for COVID-19Visit the self-screening tool on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Tracking COVID-19: Local, Regionally, Nationally, InternationallyBelow are the widgets for tracking COVID19.
Stay Connected Please stay connected to The Woodlands Township through our many communications channels. Learn more and sign up at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/stayinformed.
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