The Woodlands Township Board of Directors meeting, Wednesday, March 25, 2020The Woodlands Township Board of Directors held its first ever public meeting via videoconference. The Directors discussed the Township’s response to COVID-19 and will be meeting weekly under special emergency guidelines from the State of Texas. The Directors also voted to defer the planning process of The Woodlands future governance. View the complete news release. The meeting video can be viewed at http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/778/Meeting-Videos.
The Township’s Resident Care Center is taking phone calls remotely during regular business hours. There are four ways for community members to report a concern to The Woodlands Township:
Property improvement applications can be submitted by mail or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review and approvals of applications may be delayed. Due to restrictions and guidelines for social distancing, site visits or in-person meetings with property owners or contractors cannot be performed at this time. Additionally, applications that require the approval of a review committee (RDRC or DSC) will be scheduled when those committees are able to convene.
Landscape maintenance of governmental facilities, including roadsides and parks are considered Essential Governmental Services and are not restricted by County Orders. The Township, through its various contractors, are continuing regular park, pathway, and streetscape maintenance.
Trash and recycling services are considered Essential Governmental Services that are not restricted by County Orders at this time. The Township’s waste removal and recycling contractor, Waste Management, continues to provide the regular weekly collection services.
Waste Management Call Center is now available. Residents needing to report a missed pick up, schedule a bulk pick up or submit another request can contact Waste Management at 1-800-800-5804 or email email@example.com. Waste Management continues to provide weekly curbside services according to your designated service day. Due to an increase in volume, pick up times may vary from your previous pick up time, however, trucks are operating from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
We anticipate that disruptions in service may be inevitable if and when local, state or federal declarations mandate additional operational restrictions.
Simple Recycling (textile recycling using an orange bag) has suspended the curbside textile recycling program until further notice.
Grocery Store Special Hours
The Woodlands Mall closes due to COVID-19As a result of County Judge of Montgomery Order, The Woodlands Mall’s interior common areas will cease operations, but food-use tenants may continue to operate for pick-up and delivery service. Businesses with external entrances will be permitted to operate within the occupancy guidelines. The Mall Walker Program is suspended until further notice. Read the entire update at https://www.thewoodlandsmall.com/en/visit/covid-19-update.html.
Our community medical centers at both a regional and local level are in urgent need of personal protective equipment (PPE) that is utilized across the health care, oil and gas, chemical, and industrial painting industries (and likely other industries as well). They can use help from anyone who has access to these supplies, current inventories, etc. This is a general call to action with all our business members regardless of industry type, as you may have a key contact who may be able to assist in these efforts. Please call The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership (EDP) at 281-363-8137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know of your ability to assist and the EDP will aid in getting you connected with our local hospital administrators.
County and State Information
Montgomery County COVID-19 CasesMontgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, can confirm Montgomery County now has 41 positive cases of COVID-19, an increase of 10 from yesterday. We would like to emphasize the importance of staying home if you are able and social distancing. The virus is now in all parts of our county. Regardless of exactly where these patients reside, it is spreading in the community. Increased hygiene practices, like frequent hand washing and surface disinfecting, are imperative. View recovered and confirmed cases. View press release from MCPHD.
Harris County COVID-19 Case CountHarris County Public Health (HCPH) has confirmed, as of 3 p.m. today, 16 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the total to 135 positive cases, including one COVID-19 related death, reported on March 19, 2020. HCPH is also confirming that 13 patients have recovered. These new cases do not include those within the City of Houston. Link to news release.
Governor Abbott UpdateGovernor Abbott issued a new executive order mandating that individuals traveling from the New York Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT) or New Orleans by air travel are to self-quarantine for a 14 day period. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be the enforcing agency. Individuals from the described areas are to fill out a DPS form upon arrival indicating their quarantine location (hotel, residence, etc.). DPS will make visits to indicated location to verify compliance. During the 14 day period, no visitors except those related to healthcare are allowed. The individual may not visit public spaces. Violation of the quarantine is punishable by up to a $1000 fine and/or 180 days in jail. View the official order issued by the Governor’s Office.
Community Resource InformationThe following items were received from the agencies noted.
Jobseeker InformationIf you have lost your job due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Texas Workforce Commission has waived the waiting period to apply for unemployment benefits. A link to the Texas Workforce Commission application is here: https://twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-job-seekers
Food BanksLocal food banks are inventorying their resources to ascertain what will be needed in the days to come. Many Township residents have expressed a desire to volunteer or donate; please see the information below regarding those needs.
The Township’s Coronavirus pageThe Woodlands Township has launched a special COVID-19 information page that can be found at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/covid19. This page includes the latest news from The Township, updates from partner agencies, social distancing strategies, important links, frequently asked questions, live Twitter feeds and more and is being updated frequently. Please check back often.
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