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Posted on: June 30, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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Chairman Bunch Discusses the Importance of Wearing a Face Covering 
As the number of cases of COVID-19 continue to increase both in Harris and Montgomery counties, please take a look at the importance of wearing a face covering from Township Chairman Gordy Bunch. Watch the video. 

The Recreation Center at Bear Branch Park Closed Temporarily Due to COVID-19 Exposure
The Woodlands Township has closed The Recreation Center at Bear Branch Park temporarily due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19.

The facility will be closed through Tuesday, June 30, 2020, for cleaning and disinfecting and to provide proper notification to all who may have been in contact with the employee. Sunny Dayz Camp at Bear Branch Park is suspended for the week of June 29 through July 3, 2020. The facility and program re-opening will be announced later, pending the completion of safety and sanitization procedures. Read the complete release.

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, encourages everyone to do your part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping businesses and restaurants open, especially ahead of this weekend’s 4th of July holiday. Limiting the number of people you come in contact with will reduce the chance of contracting COVID-19. Wearing a mask if necessary to be in public, frequent hand washing or using hand sanitizer, surface disinfection and social distancing are imperative.

Today, the number of ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 has increased to 832 in Montgomery County. The number of TOTAL positive cases has increased by 105 cases since yesterday to 2,133. Of the 832 active cases who are Montgomery County residents, 23 are in the hospital. 1,265 people have fully recovered.

You can view the list of case-by-case updates on the MCPHD website here: https://mcphd-tx.org/coronavirus-covid-19/confirmed-cases/. You can refer to the dashboard here: https://coronavirus-response-moco.hub.arcgis.com/.

The MCHD/MCPHD COVID-19 Call Center is open for residents needing COVID-19 testing through the voucher program, or for general questions, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please call 936-523-5040 for more information.

For more information on how to protect yourself and others, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.

Harris County COVID-19 Case Count
Harris County Public Health (HCPH) publishes their daily case count, combined with the City of Houston’s daily case count, here: https://tinyurl.com/tzymvk5. Cases by zip code in Harris County can be found  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 176 confirmed positive cases with 72 active cases, and 77389 has 134 confirmed positive cases with 44 active cases.

Harris County Business Health and Safety Order extended until at least 8/26/20
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo will amend an existing order mandating that all businesses in Harris County develop and post a health and safety policy for employees and customers, which at a minimum includes a face covering requirement. As part of the order, everyone over the age of 10 must wear a face covering while in businesses or on commercial properties, including employees and all visitors and customers. Read the complete order here.

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) COVID-19 Testing
Get tested, it’s free! To sign up for testing, visit hcphtx.org or ReadyHarris.org or you can call 832-927-7575. View flyer for more information. Once tested, results from HCPH testing sites can take up to 5 days to process. As you wait for your results, stay home and self-isolate, especially if you are sick, practice social distancing (6 ft/2 m) and wear a face-covering. View flyer for more information on the next steps after you have been tested.

Harris County Moves Threat Level to 1, Red: Stay Home
Harris County has changed its threat level indicator to Level 1, Red, Stay Home. Level one signifies a severe and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 in Harris County, meaning outbreaks are present and worsening and that testing and contact tracing capacity is strained or exceeded. At this level, residents take action to minimize contacts with others wherever possible and avoid leaving home except for the most essential needs like going to the grocery store for food and medicine.

Around the Township

Township to Present “Drive-In” and Online Fireworks Show to Celebrate America’s Birthday
The Woodlands Fourth of July celebration will take a different look this year due to  COVID-19 pandemic, but the fireworks of celebration will continue the tradition of America’s birthday.

The Woodlands Township will offer a “drive-in” and online fireworks display, presented by St. Luke’s Health - The Woodlands Hospital, on Saturday, July 4, 2020. Watch the fireworks show online from the comfort of your home! The show will be accessible through The Woodlands Township website at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

Read more about The Woodlands Township’s Drive-in Fireworks Display.

Fireworks are prohibited in The Woodlands neighborhoods
The Woodlands Fire Department and The Woodlands Township remind all residents that The Woodlands Covenants strictly prohibit the sale or use of fireworks and sparklers of any kind in The Woodlands Township neighborhoods. The Woodlands Township is situated in a beautiful forest, and one errant spark could severely damage the community.

To report the sale or use of fireworks, please call The Woodlands Fire Department non-emergency line at 281-362-3900 and inform the dispatcher of the activity and location. In the event of a fire or medical emergency, please call 911.

The Woodlands Town Center Trolleys Resumes Service July 1, 2020
The Woodlands Township will resume full service for the Town Center Trolleys beginning on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. This includes all four trolleys operating the normal route and stops, seven days a week. Current capacity will be limited by half.

Due to COVID-19 safety measures, trolleys will be wiped with disinfection throughout the day and will undergo a thorough disinfection process at the end of each service day. All drivers will be required to wear face coverings. Passengers are also highly encouraged to wear face coverings. View the complete release.

Solid waste services not impacted by holiday weekend
The Woodlands Township reminds residents that all solid waste services in the community will occur as usual over the Fourth of July holiday. There will be no interruption or delay of trash, recycling, yard trimmings or Simple Recycling (textiles) services due to the holiday. All services will be provided on regular service days.

Re-Opening of The Woodlands
For a list of open and closed facilities in The Woodlands Township, please visit https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/1495/Re-opening-of-The-Woodlands.

Open Hotels in The Woodlands 
Westin and Marriott are expected to be opening this week. Be sure to stay up to date by viewing Visit The Woodlands.

Best Western Plus | Candlewood Suites | Drury Inn The Woodlands | Embassy Suites | Fairfield Inn and Suites | Hilton Garden Inn | Hyatt Place | Residence Inn Lakefront Drive | Residence Inn Market Street | The Woodlands Resort

Community Resources

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

Mobile Food Pantry Event on Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Montgomery County Pantry Partners will host a mobile food pantry on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, beginning at 10 a.m. at Woodforest Stadium, 19115 David Memorial Drive, Shenandoah, TX 77385. Families residing in Montgomery County will receive non-perishable and perishable groceries, produce and paper goods. Please note, this event is first come, first serve, while supplies last. Read the flyer.

Township Neighborhood Watch to Host Salute to First Responders Blood Drive
Visit The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park (6464 Creekside Forest Drive) on Monday, July 6, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to donate blood. Please consider this opportunity to express your gratitude to our first responders who continue to serve our community and receive a FREE beach towel with your successful donation!

Donors with appointments will be honored first; however, walk-ins will be taken when a station is open. Visit the Gulf Coast website to schedule your appointment.

The Gulf Coast Blood Center will take precautions to ensure your safety and is offering FREE COVID-19 antibody testing for all successful donors. Donors will be required to wear a mask. Participants waiting outside of their vehicle will be required to follow social distance guidelines.

Blood Drives at the YMCA

  • Donate July 10 and 13, 2020 and pre-register at giveblood.org.
  • If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days, we ask you to please do not try to donate.
  • The Blood Center is now requiring that donors wear a mask or face covering when at a blood drive. In the case that you do not have one, staff will offer you one.
  • All successful blood donors will receive a FREE COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST. (This test is authorized by the FDA only for detecting the presence of antibodies against SARS-Co V-2, and is not intended for diagnosis of COVID-19.)

July 10, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Woodlands Family YMCA at Shadowbend
6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Schedule Your Appointment

 July 13, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Woodlands Family YMCA at Shadowbend
6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Schedule Your Appointment

 July 13, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Woodlands Family YMCA at Branch Crossing
8100 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands, TX 77382
Schedule Your Appointment

Township’s Coronavirus Page
The Woodlands Township’s COVID-19 page can be found at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/covid19. This page features Montgomery and Harris county hubs, community resources and news from the Federal Government and the CDC. It also includes the latest news from the Township, partner agencies, important links, FAQs, live Twitter feeds and more.

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.


The Woodlands Township publishes this update to inform residents and businesses regarding 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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