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Posted on: August 5, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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The Woodlands Township Begins Budget Meetings Electronically
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors is holding Budget Workshops via video conference each day this week at 8:30 a.m. The Presentation from the Budget Workshop of the preliminary base budget is available for review and the meetings can be watched online.

Chairman Bunch Discusses COVID-19 and Different Types of Tests Available
Free COVID-19 testing is available for residents of Montgomery County online at https://www.mchd-tx.org. Call 936-523-3916 for more information.

Harris County residents may also sign up for free COVID-19 testing online at hcphtx.org. Call 832-927-7575 for more information. Watch the video here.

County News

Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count Sees an Increase of 62 Positive Cases
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, can sadly confirm five additional deaths related to COVID-19. They offer their condolences to all the families at this difficult time.

  • A man in his 60s, from Conroe, died in the hospital. He had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19.
  • A man in his 90s, from Spring, died in the hospital. He had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19.
  • A man in his 50s, from Spring, died. The medical examiner tested post-mortem and determined COVID-19 as the cause of death.
  • A woman in her 60s, from Porter, died. The medical examiner tested post-mortem and determined COVID-19 as the cause of death.
  • A man in his 30s, from Spring, died. He had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19.
  • TOTAL cases of COVID-19 increased by 62 to 6,459 since yesterday’s report.
  • ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 decreased by 144 to 2,090 since yesterday’s report.
  • 52 residents are known to be in the hospital, as a result of contact investigations. Contact investigations have not been initiated on all reported cases.
  • 4,121 people have clinically recovered.

Have questions? Please go to https://mcphd-tx.org/ and scroll down to the FAQs. 

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 and around your home.

Their system upgrade is complete! Shortly, you will be able to 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/.

Testing in Montgomery County
Just 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. The COVID-19 Call Center’s number is 936-523-3916. It is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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 546 confirmed positive cases with 226 active cases, and 77389 has 285 confirmed positive cases with 79 active cases.

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

Please Keep Streets Clear on Trash Service Day
Waste Management has reported increased difficulty servicing carts due to blocked access to streets with personal and contractor vehicles.

Parking on the street is sometimes necessary, especially now that many of us are home during the day. However, to ensure uninterrupted waste service for you and your neighbors, please avoid parking on the street on your trash day. 

If a service or contractor truck is due to visit your home on your trash day, please reschedule them for a day other than your service day. If rescheduling is not an option, notify the company and ask that they park in your driveway or in an area where they are not obstructing passage. If blocking the street on your service day is unavoidable, please contact Waste Management at 1-800-800-5804 and alert them before your next service day.

COVID-19 Case Count Brief from The Woodlands Fire Department
As of Wednesday, August 5, 2020, + or – signifies change since previous report.

Montgomery County

  • 6,459 – Confirmed, +62
  • 2,090 – Active Cases, -144
  • 76 – Deaths, +5
  • 4,121 – Recovered, +201
  • 52 – Hospitalized, -4

Harris County 

  • 28,594 – Confirmed, +662
  • 10,106 – Active Cases, +29
  • 302 – Deaths, +4
  • 18,184 – Recovered, +629

School News

Tomball ISD Delays School Year Start to September 8, 2020
Tomball ISD (TISD) Board of Trustees approved changes to the 2020-2021 School Calendar during a Special Board Meeting called on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Rather than begin school with all students in a virtual environment on August 18, 2020, TISD will push back the start of its school year and begin either with face-to-face instruction or in the Tomball Virtual School on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. This information is especially important for residents in the Village of Creekside Park. View the Return to Excellence Reopening 2020 update. View the revised 2020-2021 School Calendar.

State News

Governor Abbott Provides Update on PPE Distribution to Texas Schools
Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference yesterday, Tuesday, August 4, 2020, regarding status of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) supplies in the state with additional comments about the beginning of the school year.

Texas has abundant supply of PPE currently being distributed out of 40 warehouses across the state. The Governor acknowledged that the President has extended federal reimbursement for the activation of the National Guard for assisting with pandemic response until the end of the calendar year. The National Guard is being used to assist with the distribution of PPE throughout Texas.

The state is well prepared for the beginning of school and the upcoming flu season in regards to PPE. The Governor took the opportunity to discuss the flexibility provided to school districts in regards to decisions on school start dates and choices for in-person, remote or hybrid learning. The theme of his remarks were that the state has provided the flexibility for these decisions to be made by school districts. School districts have the ability to consult with local public health officials in making the decisions necessary for their districts. As previously reported, schools may start classes as late as early September and may offer remote-only instruction for potentially up to an eight-week period at which time a district may be granted a waiver to continue remote-only learning.

PPE Distributed by State (as of today)

  • 130 million masks
  • 33 million gloves
  • 7 million gowns
  • 4 million face shields

PPE Distributed by State to School Districts (at no charge to district)

  • 59 million masks
  • 24,000 thermometers
  • 500,000 gallons of sanitizer
  • 500,000 face shields

In total, the state has ordered over $1 billion in PPE since the beginning of the pandemic, of which $600 million in supplies have arrived. The remaining $400 million of supplies are expected over the next several weeks. View the full press release here.

National News and Guidelines

FDA Urges Consumers Not to Use Certain Hand Sanitizer Products
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood, alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.

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.

Around the Township

Safety First When Back to School Shopping 
In The Woodlands, hotels, restaurants, shopping and many of your favorite summer outdoor activities are open with enhanced safety protocols. This is true at The Woodlands Mall and Market Street! You’ll find floor markers encouraging social distancing and designated areas to show that we are #inthistogether and that #thewoodlandscares. To plan your shopping trip in The Woodlands, visit the website for a full Retail Guide. Visit The Woodlands Tip: Many retailers have modified hours, capacities and services, we encourage you to check before you go to ensure your favorite stores are open.

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 through 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,  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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