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Posted on: July 22, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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Township Board of Directors Meeting

The Woodlands Township Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting via videoconference today, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time. View the meeting online here. 

During today’s videoconference Board meeting, members of the public may provide public comment by calling 346-248-7799 or 877-853-5247 (toll-free), then enter ID 841 7421 9602 #. Calls will be taken in the order the calls are received and only during the “public comment” agenda item. This phone number is active only for the July 22, 2020 Regular Board meeting. New phone numbers will be issued for each future meeting during the public health pandemic emergency.

County News

Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count increases by 125 positives
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, is saddened to confirm an additional death related to COVID-19, bringing the total to 50. A woman in her 70s, from Montgomery, died in the hospital. She had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19.

  • TOTAL cases of COVID-19 increased by 125 to 5,294.
  • ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 increased by 95 to 2,502.
  • 54 residents are known to be in the hospital, as a result of contact investigations. Contact investigations have not been initiated on all reported cases.
  • 2,637 people have clinically recovered.

*Changes reflected since yesterday.

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/.

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 396 confirmed positive cases with 171 active cases, and 77389 has 228 confirmed positive cases with 63 active cases.

Testing Information

Testing in Montgomery County
A reminder, online registration is now available for COVID-19 testing through the MCPHD/MCHD voucher program. Click on “Need to be tested?” on mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and follow the instructions. Call the COVID-19 Call Center at 936-523-3916, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for more information.

Testing in Harris County
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.

Governor Announces Additional Testing Sites
Governor Greg Abbott announced on Sunday, July 12, 2020, that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended federal support of Community Based Testing Sites in Dallas and Houston through July 31, 2020. Governor Abbott previously secured an extension of these sites in June. View the Governor’s complete announcement.

State News

Governor Recommends Monitoring Weather Throughout The Weekend
Governor Greg Abbott today urged Texans to remain vigilant and closely monitor weather conditions as a tropical development in the Gulf is expected to impact parts of Texas this weekend. The storm may lead to dangerous flash flooding, especially in the upper Rio Grande Valley, the Coastal Bend, and the Texas Hill Country. The Governor is also preparing state resources to assist communities with potential flooding and heavy rainfall. Read the full announcement.

School News

Local School Districts Reopening Plans
Local school districts have developed reopening plans. See below for more information on each school district.

  • NEW! As of today, Magnolia ISD will start school on August 12 as planned with all students receiving instruction online through Labor Day. Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year
  • NEW! As of today, out of an abundance of caution for students and staff, as well as ensuring they have adequate staffing, Tomball ISD has made the decision to start the school year on Tuesday, August 18, with ALL students in remote/virtual instruction onlyReturn to Excellence – Reopening 2020
  • Conroe ISD Superintendent Dr. Curtis Null announced on July 20, 2020, the school year will begin on August 12, 2020, and ALL students will begin in remote/online instruction only. Traditional in-person instruction is scheduled to begin no earlier than September 8, 2020. Read the full message from Dr. Null | Roadmap to Reopening
  • The John Cooper School - Reopening Plan
  • The Woodlands Christian Academy - TWCA 2020-2021 Reopening Plan

Township News

Riva Row Boat House Re-Opens Thursday, July 23, 2020 
The Woodlands Township will re-open Riva Row Boat House on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Normal operating hours will be in effect, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with last boats going out at 7 p.m., closed on Wednesdays only. Read the full release for more information.

COVID-19 Case Count Brief from The Woodlands Fire Department 
As of Wednesday, July 22, 2020,  + or – signifies change since previous report

Montgomery County

  • 5,294 - Confirmed, +125
  • 2,502 - Active Cases,  +95
  • 50 - Deaths,  +1
  • 2,673 - Recovered,  +65
  • 54 - Hospitalized,  -1
  • 1,539 - Self isolation or recovery at home, -36

Harris County 

  • 21,408 – Confirmed, +671
  • 8,130 - Active Cases, +319
  • 229 – Deaths, +7
  • 31,048 – Recovered, +345

Around the Township

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Goes Virtual for Free Arts Outreach Program
Though The Pavilion’s Main Stage is currently dark, the non-profit organization is strongly committed to continuing to provide cultural enrichment for both young audiences and the public at large by increasing exposure to the arts. The Pavilion has recently launched several of its free educational outreach programs virtually for families to enjoy from the safety of their homes.

This season’s free Mini Maestros kids club is being offered through a digital experience via Google Classroom. The Pavilion is also excited to launch the Virtual Scout Day Program this season as a way for Scouts BSA to achieve their Music Merit Badge. Read the full release for more information.

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 Community Resources webpage to find more information about resources in the community related to COVID-19.

Community Assistance Center
The Montgomery County Community Assistance Center (CAC) is seeking help through monetary and in-kind donations and through volunteers. The CAC front office is open for food and clothing assistance but with limited contact. View the CAC Services flyer | View the CAC How You Can Help flyer.

The Benefits of Music on Mental Health
Research shows the benefits of music for various mental health conditions. Music acts as a medium for processing emotions and can also be utilized as a regulating or calming agent for anxiety. Read more here.

FDA Answers Questions About Hand Sanitizer Uses and Safety
The FDA is working to address the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and keep you and your family informed on the latest developments. Visit the FDA’s website for answers to some frequently asked questions from consumers about hand sanitizers and disinfectants.

The CDC provides information regarding disinfectant practices for surfaces in the Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes. Learn more about these and other coronavirus topics. 

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.
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