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Posted on: August 21, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Friday, August 21, 2020

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Township News

Township Held Regular Board of Directors Meeting 
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors held a Regular Board Meeting via videoconference Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 6 p.m. to discuss Township matters. Prior to addressing agenda items, the Board of Directors issued three proclamations: 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance and First Responders Day. Chairman Gordy Bunch provided a COVID-19 update and Director Dr. Ann K. Snyder provided an update on various non-profits. Read the complete release.

Chairman Bunch Discusses Two Tropical Depressions
We are still in hurricane season and two tropical depressions have the potential to reach our coast line. Be sure to create your preparedness plan, including potable water, non-perishable food and your own checklist. These storms have the potential to advance into the Texas area this Tuesday, August 25, 2020. View the video here. You can sign up for news and alerts from the Township at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/notifyme. Additional information can be found at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/emergency. Be sure to stay tuned to your favorite television or online news outlet to keep up with the weather.

Latest information from the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management.

Prepare for Hurricane Season

  • Understand that your planning may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
  • Give yourself more time than usual to prepare your emergency food, water, and medicine supplies. Home delivery is the safest choice for buying disaster supplies; however, that may not be an option for everyone. If in-person shopping is your only choice, take steps to protect your and others’ health when running essential errands.
  • Protect yourself and others when filling prescriptions by limiting in-person visits to the pharmacy. Sign up for mail order delivery or call in your prescription ahead of time and use drive-through windows or curbside pickup. If available order a 60- or 90-day supply to have on hand.
  • Pay attention to local guidance about updated plans for evacuations and shelters, including potential shelters for your pets.
  • If you need to evacuate, prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, or bar or liquid soap if not available, and two cloth face coverings for each person. Face covers should not be used by children under the age of 2. They also should not be used by people having trouble breathing, or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • When you check on neighbors and friends, be sure to follow social distancing recommendations (staying at least 6 feet, about 2 arms’ length, from others) and other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.
  • If you need to go to a disaster shelter, follow CDC recommendations for staying safe and healthy in a public disaster shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

County News

Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count Sees an Increase of 172 Positive Cases
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, can confirm the following update related to COVID-19.

  • TOTAL cases of COVID-19 increased by 172 to 7,915 since yesterday’s report.
  • Now, in addition to processing new cases, we are also processing cases that were reported to The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) directly by healthcare providers and entered into the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS), run by the CDC. Out of the 172 new total cases since yesterday’s report, 134 (from the NEDSS system) tested positive prior to August 5th. See additional information here:  https://www.texastribune.org/2020/08/14/texas-coronavirus-testing-dshs/.
  • ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 increased by 76 to 1,380 since yesterday’s report.
  • 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.
  • 5,547 people have clinically recovered.

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 699 confirmed positive cases with 201 active cases, and 77389 has 343 confirmed positive cases with 64 active cases.

COVID-19 Case Count Brief from The Woodlands Fire Department
As of Friday, August 21, 2020, + or – signifies change since previous report.

Montgomery County

  • 7,915 – Confirmed, +172 (38 New Cases, 134 Backlog from pre-August 5, 2020)
  • 1,380 - Active Cases,  +76
  • 98 – Deaths, NC
  • 5,547 – Recovered,  +96
  • 54 – Hospitalized,  +1

Harris County 

  • 36,787 – Confirmed, +560
  • 8,549 - Active Cases, -545
  • 453 – Deaths, +10
  • 27,783 – Recovered, +1,095

Get Tested for COVID-19

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.

Mask Orders: State of Texas and Montgomery and Harris Counties
The State of Texas requires all individuals over the age of 10 to wear a face covering (over the nose and mouth) wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another individual not in the same household. Read the full executive order.

Harris County directs any businesses providing goods or services to require all employees and visitors to wear face coverings in areas of close proximity to co-workers or the public. Everyone over the age of 10 must wear a face covering while in businesses or on commercial properties. Business that fail to comply could be fined up to $1,000. This order is in effect until August 26, 2020.

Montgomery County does not have a mask mandate for businesses, however many businesses request or require the wearing of masks.

Around the Township

Registration Now Open for Fall Programs in The Woodlands
Fall is the time for seasonal events, family game nights, camps, Texas TreeVentures climbs, boat house programs and more. Due to the growing popularity of many of these programs, early registration is encouraged. Programs are also available to non-residents for an additional fee. All programs and activities will closely adhere to current safety standards and social distancing practices to ensure responsible recreation. Take a look at all the available activities in the Fall 2020 Action Guide.

Four Township Pools Open Post Season Through Labor Day
Four pools in The Woodlands will be open on weekends from noon to 6 p.m. until September 7, 2020: Alden Bridge, Bear Branch, Sawmill* and Wendtwoods. Alden Bridge Pool will also be open for weekday enjoyment Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. until August 28, 2020. Daily rates for post-season pools (I.D. required): Resident $5; Non-Resident $10.

*Please note for August 22 and 23, Sawmill Pool will be closed for a maintenance issue, and Creekwood Pool will be opened in its place.

The Woodlands Farmer’s Market
The Woodlands Farmer’s Market is open Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon (7 Switchbud Pl, 77380). The market is produced by Grogan’s Mill Village Association. The market has expanded to a fourth row this weekend which will have the same spacing that you have come to expect at our market. In order to open the fourth row, some parking spaces have been closed off to accommodate. It is recommended to park in the lot closer to the old Randalls.

Safety precautions are in place, including: prohibiting the consumption of food/beverage in the market, changed layout for maximum social distancing, requirement that masks to be worn by patrons and vendors, letting vendors assist with purchases and set up hand sanitizing stations. For more information, please visit the website, Facebook page and sign up for the enewsletter.

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

Movie Theaters in The Woodlands
The theaters listed below are currently open or will be opening soon. Please read below for safety procedures, guidelines and specials for each specific theater.

Cinemark Tinseltown 17 & XD | 1600 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380
This theatre is currently open. Guests are required to wear face masks throughout the theatre and may be removed when eating and drinking inside the auditorium, encouraged to purchase contactless ticketing and asked to practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet. Additional guest guidelines and cleaning standards.

Cinemark at Market Street | 9595 Six Pines Drive, Suite 8200, The Woodlands, TX 77380:
This location opens Friday, August 28, 2020.

Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas | 26543 Kuykendahl Road, The Woodlands, TX 77375:
Guests are encouraged to wear a mask when not eating or drinking, reserve tickets online, enter and exit orderly and avoid congregation. View the new safety and health procedures. This location is currently offering a special to rent the entire theatre for $250. This gives 25 of your friends a movie ticket as well as unlimited soft drinks and popcorn!

View the Montgomery County Memorial Library System’s homepage and resources webpage.

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 Shelters – 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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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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