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Posted on: February 2, 2021

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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Montgomery County Update
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, would like to remind you that a county-wide waiting list for the COVID-19 vaccine is available.

People eligible for the vaccine, in Phase 1A or 1B, can sign up here: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/2826db87c9124a0fa5f89ce121d7503c?portalUrl=https://MOCO.maps.arcgis.com. If you are 65 years of age or older and / or do not have internet access, you can join the vaccine wait list by calling 936-523-3918. Eligible people on the wait list will be contacted to schedule an appointment when vaccines are available through participating providers. 

Individual hospitals, physicians’ offices and pharmacies may also have vaccines available to eligible populations. Please check their websites for additional information. You can find a list of providers and additional information on the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website here: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine-hubs.aspx

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital Designated as COVID-19 Vaccine Hub
The State of Texas has designated Houston Methodist as a COVID-19 Vaccine Hub. The goal is to vaccinate as many people as possible, only limited by supply of vaccine. Montgomery County residents who are 65 and older may schedule an appointment or join the waitlist to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by visiting this link: https://www.houstonmethodist.org/texas-vaccine-hub/

St. Luke’s Health—The Woodlands Hospital Designated as COVID-19 Vaccine Hub
St. Luke’s Health—The Woodlands Hospital is coordinating closely with Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as a COVID-19 Vaccine Hub. Those interested in receiving the vaccine are asked to complete an interest form online to be placed on their waiting list for future vaccine allocations. Vaccine supply remains limited. St. Luke’s will continue to expand their vaccination capacity as more vaccine supply is available.

COVID-19 Vaccines Are Here. Why Do We Need to Keep up Prevention Steps?
Chief State Epidemiologist Jennifer Shuford, MD discusses why we need to keep up our #HealthyTexas steps as vaccines arrive. Watch the video.

COVID-19 Texas Vaccination Data Dashboard
A dashboard is available through the Texas Department of State Health Services showing COVID-19 vaccination data in Texas. The charts below illustrate vaccines allocated, shipped and administered in the state of Texas, Montgomery County and Harris County, as of February 1, 2021. View the dashboard.

CDC COVID Data Tracker
CDC’s home for COVID-19 data, the COVID Data Tracker, has a new homepage with updated tools and features. These improvements make it easier to find needed data to help protect yourself, your family and your community. Data sets are updated daily, and new features are added every week.

The graphic below illustrates the number of vaccines distributed and administered nationwide as of February 1, 2021. Search for data by county.

Get Your Flu Shot
With both flu and COVID-19 circulating this season, getting a flu shot is more important than ever. Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

COVID-19 TESTING

Curative Testing at the Township 
Testing takes place seven days a week at The Woodlands Township Town Hall, located at 2801 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands, TX 77381, and Sterling Ridge Park and Ride, 8001 McBeth Way, The Woodlands, TX 77382, with daily hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers are asked to submit their insurance information. Testing is offered at no cost to the customer. Customers without insurance will still be tested at no personal cost using coverage from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. Walk-ups are welcome.

NEW! Curative’s testing sites at Town Hall and Sterling Ridge Park and Ride have been extended through March 31, 2021. An additional testing location at Rob Fleming Aquatic Center (parking lot) will be opening as a walk-up/mobile testing site beginning February 24 through March 24, 2021.

For more information about COVID-19 testing by Curative, please visit the Township website, or www.curative.com.

Please note, the FDA recently issued a warning regarding false test results from Curative. 

New COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Air Passengers Arriving in the U.S.
If you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get tested no more than 3 days before you travel by air into the United States. You will need to show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery. Read the article from the CDC.

COUNTY NEWS

Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count February 2, 2021
Today, Montgomery County can confirm an additional death related to COVID-19.

  • A man in his 70s, from Porter, died at home. The medical examiner’s report did not provide information on potential co-morbidities.

Montgomery County also confirms:

  • TOTAL cases of COVID-19 increased by 318 to 40,360 since yesterday’s (2/1) report. Of the 318 new cases, 285 were tested since 1/21/2021.
  • ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 decreased by 399 to 6,022 since yesterday’s (2/1) report.
  • 67 county residents are known, as a result of contact investigations, to be in the hospital. Contact investigations have not been initiated on all reported cases.
  • 18,854 people have clinically recovered. 

The Testing Positivity Rate for Montgomery County is 17%, down from 21%. This number is updated weekly on Wednesdays. Source: UT Health, School of Public Health
You can view the case-by-case updates on the MCPHD website. You can also refer to the dashboard.

Do you have questions regarding COVID-19, COVID-19 testing or vaccines? The Montgomery County COVID-19 Call Center’s number is 936-523-3916. It is open Monday through Friday from 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 3,423 confirmed positive cases with 526 active cases, and 77389 has 1,903 confirmed positive cases with 273 active cases.  

COVID-19 Case Count Brief from The Woodlands Fire Department
All numbers since January 28, 2021

Montgomery County 

  • 40,360 – Confirmed  +2,285
  • 6,022 – Active  -646
  • 212 – Deaths +6
  • 18,854 – Recovered +887
  • 67 – Hospitalized -12

Harris County

  • 161,557 - Confirmed  +5,256
  • 24,421 - Active Cases -1,496                                          
  • 1,195 - Deaths +31
  • 135,923 - Recovered +6,721

Montgomery County Testing
Do you have questions regarding COVID-19 or COVID-19 testing? The Montgomery County COVID-19 Call Center’s number is 936-523-3916. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Harris County Testing
Residents may also sign up for free COVID-19 testing online at hcphtx.org. Call 832-927-7575 for more information.

AROUND THE WOODLANDS 

Make Your Valentine’s Day Special in The Woodlands
Enjoy time in The Woodlands with your sweetheart this Valentine's Day. From a casual meal or an extravagant dining experience to gift ideas and more, find a way to treat your significant other right from your own backyard.

Find Valentine’s Day Specials Around The Woodlands.

Township Neighborhood Watch to Host Blood Drive on Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Don’t miss your chance to save lives by donating blood! Donors will be entered to win a free round-trip domestic airline flight on Spirit Airlines. Schedule your appointment today.

The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Donor Coach
  • 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77389

Please note, appointments are preferred. The Blood Center requires that donors wear a mask or face covering when at a blood drive. In the case that you do not have one, staff will offer you one. The safety of donors and staff are important to us. Your support is greatly appreciated.

RESOURCES

View Hospital Use Through SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC)
SETRAC is a powerful coalition of providers, responders and other healthcare related partners united together to save lives and improve health outcomes through research, education and collaboration. You can find more information and view hospital use related to COVID-19 on their website, setrac.org.

United Way Offers Free Resources to Help the Community
United Way of Greater Houston Montgomery County Center will limit hours of operation to Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to provide resources to the community. Tele-assistance services are available by calling 281-292-4155.

United Way is also offering the following programs to help the community:

Texans Recovering Together Offers Free COVID-19 Outreach 
The purpose of the Texans Recovering Together program is to assist those who have been affected by COVID-19. If you or your family have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are here to help. Find more information about Texans Recovering Together

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 with The Woodlands Township
Please stay connected to The Woodlands Township through our many communications channels. Learn more and sign up at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/stayinformed.

Sign up directly for news and alerts from the Township at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/notifyme. Additional information can be found at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/emergency.

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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. This newsletter is published every Tuesday and Thursday, or as needed.

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