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Posted on: April 29, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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The Woodlands Township Board to Meet Thursday
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors continues to meet virtually in regards to addressing matters related to COVID-19. This week, the Board will be discussing the actions taken by the State of Texas as well as information from Montgomery County and Harris County. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. central time on Thursday, April 30, 2020, and can be accessed online at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

#Township Together
The Woodlands Township is calling on residents to share any images of inspiration with the community. These can be a photo of something seen in the neighborhood, a family project or anything with a positive message. These will be shared through the Township email updates, social media channels and on The Woodlands Township website.

Board Stresses Importance of CDC Guidelines of Social Distancing and Facial Coverings

Watch a video as Township Chairman Gordy Bunch encourages wearing face masks

The Township Board of Directors continues to strongly recommend CDC Guidelines for social distancing and facial coverings while out in public, especially when you will be around other people. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Everyone should continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing. “Fighting this pandemic requires that we all work together – citizens and government,” Chairman Gordy Bunch said. “We have a responsibility to take care of ourselves and a responsibility to take care of those around us.” Please see CDC website for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/

Help Our Heroes Takes Place Thursday
The Help Our Heroes campaign to collect crucial Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) supplies for local first responders and hospitals will take place and conclude on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Thanks to the generous donations of residents, the Township has collected a variety of supplies that number into the thousands for local heroes. “The supply chain for most items has caught up, and the hospitals and our first responders appear to have adequate supplies at this time,” said Director Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, who is serving The Woodlands Township as Public Health Liaison.

Over the past few weeks, Help Our Heroes expanded to help our heroes personally as well as professionally. Many times, because of shift work, first responders and healthcare professionals cannot get to the store to buy supplies for their homes and families. The Woodlands Township incorporated a program called “Adopt a Healthcare Worker” program to provide those supplies.

Donations will be accepted on Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Woodlands Fire Department Central Fire Station, 9951 Grogan’s Mill Road, 77380. Both programs conclude on Thursday, April 30, 2020. For more information and a list of needed supplies, please visit https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/1489/HELP-OUR-HEROES.

County News

Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, can confirm there are now 424 ACTIVE cases of COVID-19. That number includes 48 hospitalizations. 146 people have fully recovered. The number of total positive cases has increased 20 since yesterday to 582.

Details on individual 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 29, 2020 (4 p.m.), Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has 2,646 positive cases (1,145 active cases). HCPH is also confirming that 1,444 of its patients have recovered. There have been 57 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://tinyurl.com/tzymvk5
 
Cases by zip code in Harris County can be found here by clicking on areas of the map.
 
The Village of Creekside Park is located in two zip codes: 77375 and 77389 and these also include Magnolia, Augusta Pines/Auburn Lakes/West Rayford Road in northwest Harris County. Today, Harris County is reporting zip code 77375 has 38 cases and 77389 has 36 cases.

Harris County Simplified COVID-19 Assessment Tool for Testing
Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has revamped its COVID-19 online self-assessment tool to streamline the COVID-19 testing process. The online tool can be found at: www.readyharris.org  or www.hcphtx.org (or https://covidcheck.hctx.net). Learn more about the assessment tool here.

Current Status of Hospital Availability
Residents in The Woodlands can take comfort in the fact that hospitals in The Woodlands and Southeast Texas region are prepared to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is evidenced in data summarized by the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) which provides medical leadership in our region regarding the care of trauma and acute care patients. SETRAC is keeping daily count of hospital bed availability, ventilator usage and other key factors within the Southeast Texas area.

As reflected in SETRAC data, Houston Methodist The Woodlands, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands and St. Luke’s The Woodlands have more than adequate capacity to handle an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Hospital data from the 25-county SETRAC region is available for the following categories:

  • Daily Admissions
  • General Bed Usage
  • ICU Usage
  • Ventilator Usage
  • COVID Related Census

Viewers can review these numbers regionally or at the county level.

Numerous resources are available in the community for support. These vary from food banks to financial assistance and much more. Please visit the link below to find more information about resources in the community related to COVID-19: http://thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/1491/Community-Resources.

Children’s Safe Harbor
With the stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19, it has become one of the most dangerous times for children at risk for potential abuse given the financial and emotional stress that families are going through. Isolation is a huge risk. Children’s Safe Harbor serves children who have been sexually assaulted, severely physically abused, sexually trafficked or exploited or traumatized and advocates for their justice and healing.  The organization is in need of gift cards, tutors and food to give to the families they serve.  

For the past seven years at the end of April, deemed National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, Children’s Safe Harbor has installed an interactive art display of pinwheels representing the number of children who were provided the unique services on the road to healing, justice and hope. A total of 2,615 pinwheels were installed by Children’s Safe Harbor’s staff, board of directors and members of the Montgomery County Child Abuse Multi-Disciplinary Team on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.  These 2,615 pinwheels continue to represent a steady increase in numbers of children served year after year.

Children’s Safe Harbor board member Shanna Redwine, Chief of Special Victims Division of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, said, “As a prosecutor and a member of the Board of Children’s Safe Harbor, I can tell you that this organization is on the front lines of protecting children. In 2019, Children’s Safe Harbor saw 2,615 children due to a concern for abuse or neglect and they welcomed and served each and every one of them with the highest degree of professionalism. Children are at an even greater risk of abuse during this time of stress and isolation caused by the COVID-19 virus, and I am grateful to have Children’s Safe Harbor as a partner in the fight to protect children.” 

Please visit  www.ChildrensSafeHarbor.org for more information and how to help.   This year and in 2019, Children’s Safe Harbor brought the Pinwheel Art Display to The Woodlands on the grounds of the Montgomery County Ed Chance Courthouse Annex on Lake Robbins Drive to celebrate the commitment across south Montgomery for the children’s advocacy center program.  Pictured above are Victoria Constance with Children‘s Safe Harbor, Nick Wolda with The Woodlands Township, Township Secretary and NonProfit Liaison Dr. Ann K. Snyder and Montgomery County Constable Ryan Gable.

Community Assistance Center
The Montgomery County Community Assistance Center is seeking help through monetary and in-kind donations and through volunteers. View the flyer to learn more.

Interfaith Requesting Help
The following are needs for Interfaith of The Woodlands: 

Funding:  Funding to be used for the following: 

  • To purchase bulk, specific and essential foods, toiletries and paper goods for food assistance for families and Seniors.
  • Provide financial assistance (i.e. rent, mortgage, utilities, gas cards and prescription assistance) to families and Seniors.

Monetary Donations can be made here:  https://interfaith-of-the-woodlands.snwbll.com/covid-19-community-response

Food Donations:  Interfaith is actively accepting food donations of: cereal, canned meat, dry pasta, vegetables and fruit, snacks for kids, peanut butter, jelly, meal starters, soups, crackers, toiletries, paper goods including toilet paper and cleaning supplies.  Donations will be accepted on Wednesdays from 9-11 am at Interfaith Central, 4242 Interfaith Way.

Encouragement Cards for Seniors and Healthcare workers:  We are accepting cards for Seniors and Healthcare workers to help bring sunshine to their day!  All cards donated will be delivered to our Senior neighbors during grocery delivery and to local hospitals.  You can mail your cards or drive through and drop off at our office at 4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands, 77381.  

Mosaics of Mercy Needs Assistance in the Following Areas:

  • Donation to support our mission of being a central hub for mental health resources for our community
  • Sponsorship for our weekly podcast- Hope Pieced Together ($350/episode- and they are thanked for their sponsorship via social media, during the podcast, and in the show notes)
  • Getting the word out about Mosaics of Mercy and that we are available to help people navigate mental health resources. Options:Assist us with marketing
     -Assist us with marketing
     -Share our website with your friends and contacts
     -Share our social media posts
     -Share our podcasts
  • Donate a mosaic heart to be sent to someone in the community that is struggling (Done through the donate page of our website)
  • Display a mosaic heart and our information in your place of business to continue to get the word out that mental health resources are available.

Please visit www.mosaicsofmercy.com for additional information.

The Township’s Coronavirus page
The Woodlands Township’s special COVID-19 information page can be found at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/covid19. This page 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.

Hotlines for health questions and COVID-19
   Montgomery County: 936-523-5040                 
   Harris County: 713-634-1110 
   Statewide Mental Health Support Line: 833-986-1919

Free Self-Screening Tool for COVID-19
Visit the self-screening tool on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Tracking COVID-19: Local, Regionally, Nationally, Internationally
Below are the widgets for tracking COVID19.

Around the Township

Retail-To-Go
Visit The Woodlands, the official destination marketing organization for The Woodlands, has launched a Retail To Go Program promoting storefront retail businesses in The Woodlands Township following Governor Abbott’s Executive Order establishing a Strike Force to open Texas.

“Our local retailers and restaurants have all been proactive and managed to change their business models in response to this global pandemic,” said Visit The Woodlands Chairman Bruce Rieser. “Here at Visit The Woodlands, we’re committed to supporting and promoting those efforts. Our team continues to create new content that will bring the hospitality message to our residents on behalf of our partners and help ensure their success.”

Retail to-go with curbside pickup is now available in a growing number of stores in The Woodlands. For more information, click here: https://visitthewoodlands.com/blog/retail-to-go-in-the-woodlands/

Experience The Woodlands with Safe Social Distancing
Looking to try new restaurants or shops while social distancing? Save this passport to your phone and check off these "destinations" as you support dining and shopping options in The Woodlands. You can visit these destinations by making purchases from local stores and ordering from area restaurants. Post your progress to encourage your friends and neighbors to participate. Snap photos of your food and purchases and be sure to share them on social media, tagging the business and using #SoWoodlands.

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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The Woodlands Township publishes this update to inform residents and businesses regarding the COVID-19 and its impact on The Woodlands Township. Please sign up for Township news and notifications at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/notifyme.

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