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Posted on: August 12, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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Testing in The Woodlands

Drive through testing is taking place in The Woodlands through Friday, August 14, 2020. The testing site, at the Sterling Ridge Park and Ride, 8001 McBeth Way, The Woodlands, Texas 77382, is open with hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A valid form of identification is needed to be tested, and registration will be done on site. View the full press release.

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.

Testing in Montgomery County
Online registration is available for COVID-19 testing through the Montgomery County Public Health and Montgomery County Hospital District (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.

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.

More testing information is available under State News below.

County News

Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count Sees an Increase of 44 Positive Cases
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, can very sadly confirm an additional death related to COVID-19, bringing the total to 95.

  • A woman in her 70s, from Conroe, died in the hospital. She had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19. They offer their condolences to her family at this difficult time.

 They can also confirm:

  • TOTAL cases of COVID-19 increased by 44 to 6,820 since yesterday’s report.
  • ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 decreased by 75 to 1,280 since yesterday’s report.
  • 48 residents are known to be in the hospital, as a result of contact investigations. Contact investigations have not been initiated on all reported cases.
  • 4,836 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.

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. 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 622 confirmed positive cases with 215 active cases, and 77389 has 316 confirmed positive cases with 82 active cases.

State News

Governor Abbott Extends State Disaster Declaration for COVID-19
Governor Greg Abbott announced on Monday, August 10, 2020 an extension of his Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19. Originally issued on March 13, 2020, the Disaster Declaration provides the state a variety of resources to effectively serve Texans as the Lone Star State continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Read the full declaration and the proclamation.

Governor Abbott Announces Federally Funded COVID-19 Testing Sites in Harris County
Governor Greg Abbott announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has established four temporary COVID-19 surge testing sites in Harris County. Two testing sites in Houston, one in Pasadena and one in Kingwood are currently open and will remain open through August 29, 2020. Each location will be able to process 1,250 tests per day, or a total of 60,000 tests across the four sites. Read more information about the sites.

National News

FEMA Uses Disaster Funds to Supplement Unemployment Benefits
To help ease the financial burden on those who are unemployed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, President Trump authorized FEMA to use Stafford Act disaster relief funds to provide supplemental payments for lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to $44 billion in Disaster Relief Funding is available to support this initiative. Read the full advisory.

Township News

COVID-19 Case Count Brief from The Woodlands Fire Department
As of Wednesday, August 12, 2020, + or – signifies change since previous report.

Montgomery County

  • 6,820- Confirmed, +44
  • 1,280 - Active Cases,  -75
  • 95 - Deaths,  +1
  • 4,836 – Recovered,  +118
  • 48 – Hospitalized,  +1

Harris County 

  • 32,554 – Confirmed, +558
  • 10,024 - Active Cases, -209
  • 366 – Deaths, +14
  • 22,162 – Recovered, +753

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.

School News

Harris County School Reopening Roadmap
Harris County Judge Lena Hidalgo held a press conference regarding the reopening of schools in Harris County. The Judge and Harris County Public Health released a roadmap outlining county’s guidance on reopening. The plan essentially relies on the previously developed color code system established by Harris County to determine the level of spread in Harris County (currently red, the highest designation) and then provides detailed guidance to schools on operations at that spread level. Given the current color status, Harris County is recommending that no school provide in-person instruction. Neither the Judge nor Harris County Public Health provided any tentative schedule for in-person instruction to begin. The ability to limit virus spread and its impacts would determine the appropriate date. The county’s color-coded system consider a host of attributes including case rates, positivity rates and hospital utilization among other factors to describe each color category.

The Harris County guidelines are only a recommendation. Harris County does not have the authority to determine when a school may or may not open for in-person instruction. Governor Abbott’s executive orders and additional guidance from the Texas Attorney General have clearly stated that such authority resides with the local school district, which may consult public health in making those decisions. View the Roadmap to Reopen Schools.

Use Caution in Active School Zones
While students are at home for remote-learning, principals, teachers, paraprofessionals, custodial crews and additional staff members are currently present at their respective campuses. Please use caution in school zones during designated times posted on signs and/or when yellow lights are flashing.

Conroe ISD Back-to-School Schedule 2020-2021
Conroe ISD has made the decision to 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. View the Back-to-School Schedule and Ramp-Up Plan for PreK-12.

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 beginning 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.

View more school news on the Township’s COVID-19 Community Resources page.

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 signage 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.

Interfaith Offers Support Through Cares Act and Food Pantry
For more information, please visit Interfaith of The Woodlands’ COVID-19 webpage or call 281-367-1230. Current hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Apply for assistance through the Cares Act here.

Food distribution will continue on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Non-perishable food donations are accepted Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. View the list of current food pantry needs.

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 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

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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