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Posted on: July 31, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Friday, July 31, 2020

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Board Encourages Residents to Support Local Businesses Responsibly
Township Chairman of the Board Gordy Bunch is encouraging residents to utilize the service of local restaurants that still offer take-out and catering options, as well as patronizing other local businesses, and doing so while wearing face coverings and observing social distancing and adhering to CDC guidelines. Check out a comprehensive list of restaurants and shops at Visit The Woodlands. Watch the video here.

The Woodlands Township Board Met via Videoconference 
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors held a special meeting via videoconference on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 6 p.m. The Board of Directors discussed the following matters on the Regular Agenda:  

  • Approved a Sixth Amendment to the Housing Interlocal Agreement with Montgomery County Hospital District.
  • Approved an Agreement with Cypress Creek EMS Association for co-housing at The Woodlands Fire Station 8.
  • Received and accepted a presentation on the 2021 Preliminary Budget for The Woodlands Township. The  theme  of the presentation was “Financial stability and budget flexibility to manage the uncertain and temporary financial impacts of COVID-19 while continuing to provide high-level services to the community.” The preliminary budget document can be found online at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/budget.

The Woodlands Township to hold Budget Meetings Electronically
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors will hold Budget Workshops 1 and 2 via video conference on Monday, August 3, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. and Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. The meetings can be viewed online at http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/778/Meeting-Videos.

County News

Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count Sees an Increase of 119 Positive Cases
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, can confirm five additional deaths related to COVID-19. Two hospitalized, a woman in her 60s from Splendora and a man in his 80s from Conroe have died, both had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19. The three out-of-hospital deaths are males, one in his 50s from Porter, one in his 60s and one in his 70s both from New Caney.

  • TOTAL cases of COVID-19 increased by 119 to 6,196 since yesterday’s report.
  • ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 decreased by 53 to 2,411 since yesterday’s report.
  • 66 residents are known to be in the hospital, as a result of contact investigations. Contact investigations have not been initiated on all reported cases.
  • 3,613 people have clinically recovered an increase of 167 since yesterday’s report.                                                                                                           

 Please take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

  • Consider staying home unless it is necessary to leave your home.
  • Avoid groups of people.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wear a mask (if it is necessary to leave your home).
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Disinfect surfaces in your car, around your home and your cell phone.

The Montgomery County Public Health District’s system is undergoing maintenance this week, and updates to the case-by-case list will not be available until further notice. You can view the list of case-by-case updates from Thursday, July 23rd 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. 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 491 confirmed positive cases with 216 active cases, and 77389 has 256 confirmed positive cases with 65 active cases.

National News and Guidelines

FDA Answers Questions About COVID-19 and Pets
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 frequently asked questions from consumers about COVID-19 and pets.

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. Please note, the COVID-19 Call Center at 936-523-3916, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 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.

Township News

COVID-19 Case Count Brief from The Woodlands Fire Department
As of Friday, July 31, 2020,  + or – signifies change since previous report.

Montgomery County
6,196 – Confirmed, +119
2,411 – Active Cases, -53
67 – Deaths, +5
3,613 – Recovered, +167
66 – Hospitalized, -3
1,432 – Self isolation or recovery at home, -74 

Harris County 
25,995 – Confirmed, +560
9,447 – Active Cases, +158
279 – Deaths, +5
16,268 – Recovered, +397

The Woodlands Township Park and Ride
The Woodlands Township offers modified service of The Woodlands Express from the Sawdust and Research Forest Park and Ride locations. Be on the lookout for the new #SitSafe Campaign!
 
Please visit our Twitter page for the latest service updates. For schedules, route maps and ticketing information, please visit www.woodlandstransit.com or call 281-210-3800 and ask for the Transportation Department.

Wendtwoods Pool Re-Opens, Forestgate Pool Closed
The Woodlands Township re-opened Wendtwoods Pool to the public on Monday, July 27, 2020, from 2 to 8 p.m. The pool was temporarily closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Due to the number of lifeguards in quarantine and as outlined in the COVID-19 Pool Closure Prioritization Plan, Forestgate Pool is closed effective July 27, 2020. Read the full release for more information.

Riva Row Boat House Now Open 
The Woodlands Township has re-opened Riva Row Boat House. Normal operating hours are 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. All safety precautions are being taken at Riva Row Boat House.

Around the Township

 Four-Legged Friends Welcome in The Woodlands
As families enjoy the last few weeks of summer, they are booking last-minute getaways and bringing their dogs along. Many hotels in The Woodlands are pet friendly and offer special amenities just for our furry friends. As locals already know, the natural setting, miles of walking trails and well-appointed dog parks make The Woodlands a great choice for a vacation or a “stay-cation.” Don’t miss the summer hotel specials being offered now!

The Woodlands Farmer’s Market Open Tomorrow 8 a.m. to Noon
Come enjoy produce, meats, artisan goods, health and beauty, knife sharpening, snacks and so much more. The market continues to have the same precautions in place: prohibited consumption of food/beverage in the market, a changed layout to allow for maximum social distancing and a requirement that masks to be worn by patrons and vendors. Vendors will also assist with purchases (please avoid touching the product), and set up hand sanitizing stations.

Staying Healthy and Avoiding Mosquitoes
Mosquito surveillance has identified five mosquito samples positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Montgomery County. The next two weeks continue the typical peak of WNV activity in the mosquito population; please be vigilant in taking personal protective measures. Everyone is advised to wear repellent when outdoors and WNV is known to be circulating. This is especially true if someone:

  • Is outside in the early morning or evening hours when these mosquitoes are most active
  • Is over age 50
  • Has underlying health conditions

There has been one reported human case of WNV in north Texas, according to the state press release. Access the treatment map and schedule for South Montgomery County here and for Harris County here.

School News

Local School Districts Reopening Plans

  • Conroe ISD will begin the school year on August 12, 2020, with ALL students 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
  • Magnolia ISD will start on August 12, 2020 with ALL students receiving instruction online through Labor Day. Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year
  • Tomball ISD will start the school year on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 with ALL students in remote/virtual instruction onlyReturn to Excellence – Reopening 2020
  • The John Cooper School
  • Lower School – Students will return to campus in small groups on August 13 and 14, 2020 for a safer first entry. Online learning option remains available and will begin on August 17.
  • Middle and Upper School – Students will begin the school year on August 13, 2020 and will gradually return to campus starting the week beginning August 31, 2020. There will be an option as well. School Reopening Update | Reopening Plan
  • The Woodlands Christian Academy - TWCA 2020-2021 Reopening Plan

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.

Clear the Shelter – Gain a Best Friend
This year Clear the Shelters is a month-long event taking place from August 1 – August 31, 2020. All pet adoption fees have been waived. NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear The Shelters nationwide pet adoption campaign returns for a sixth consecutive year in August 2020 and this year with sponsors such as WeRescue, 24PetWatch and greatergood.org. Please visit ClearTheShelters.com for more information.
Adoptions are by appointment only to maintain social distances. To adopt an animal please visit the Montgomery County Animal Services webpage to schedule a time.
View Adoptable Dogs  |  View Adoptable Cats

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.

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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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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