Hotlines for health questions and COVID-19Montgomery County: 936-523-5040Harris County: 713-634-1110
Special Board of Directors meetingThe Woodlands Township Board of Directors will hold a Special Board of Directors Meeting via videoconference this Thursday, April 2, 2020 with a scheduled time to begin at 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time. View the agenda.
During the April 2, 2020, videoconference special Board meeting, members of the public may provide public comment by calling 877-853-5247 (toll-free), then enter ID 530 613 342 #. Calls will be taken in the order the calls are received and only during the “public comment” agenda item. This phone number is active only for the April 2, 2020 Board meeting. New phone numbers will be issued for each future meeting during the public health pandemic emergency.VIEW CHAIRMAN BUNCH’S MESSAGE ABOUT THIS MEETING.
Montgomery County COVID-19 Case CountMontgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, can confirm there are now 119 positive cases of COVID-19, up 9 cases from yesterday. Unfortunately, a third death is confirmed due to COVID-19. He was a man in his 80s, who was also a resident of The Conservatory at Alden Bridge. We offer our condolences to his family at this difficult time. Two of the other cases have been released from area hospitals, and another case has fully recovered. Details on cases can be found here: https://mcphd-tx.org/coronavirus-covid-19/confirmed-cases/.
Harris County COVID-19 Case CountAs of April 2, 2020 (4:00 p.m.), Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has 60 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the total to 449 positive cases, including two deaths. HCPH is also confirming that 87 of our patients have recovered. These new cases do not include those within the City of Houston. Harris County Public Health updates our COVID-19 dashboard daily at 4:00 p.m. For information regarding case counts, quadrant data across Harris County and the latest COVID-19 information, please visit http://hcphtx.org/covid-19.
Tracking COVID-19: Local, Regionally, Nationally, InternationallyBelow are the widgets for tracking COVID19.
Staying Safe While Grocery ShoppingWhether you are grocery shopping for your family in person or utilizing curbside pick-up/delivery options, there are still important safety practices that can help to limit your risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Please keep in mind, the FDA has stated that there is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted via food. It is a respiratory-borne virus and therefore the risk of contracting it through food or food packaging is extremely low. The main risk to an individual is thought to be from exposure to another person with COVID-19, who is symptomatic or asymptomatic, and touching one’s face or mouth after coming into contact with an infected surface. Social distancing and washing your hands frequently remains the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.“Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19…COVID-19 is a virus that causes respiratory illness. Foodborne exposure to this virus is not known to be a route of transmission. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. This includes between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.” – The Food and Drug Administration, March 17, 2020
Guidelines for Social Distancing on the PathwaysFor pedestrians using the pathways, please remain a minimum of 6 feet apart. Be sure to stay to the right, watch for other pathway users, be especially alert when running and listen for audible signals and allow faster pathway users to pass freely.For bicyclists using the pathways, please give audible warnings when passing pathway users, ride at a safe speed, helmets are recommended and be sure to ride straight ahead.
For rollerbladers on pathways, blade at a safe speed, helmets and protective gear are recommended, blade straight ahead and listen for audible warnings and allow faster pathway users to pass freely.
Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support LineThe Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has launched a statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress, or other emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource offers support for all Texans and can be reached any time day or night at 833-986-1919.
The line is operated by the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, and offers trauma-informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing mental health symptoms related to COVID-19. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge.
More information on mental health resources and your local metal health authority can be found on HHSC’s website. View the full release.
Community Resource InformationThe following items were received from the agencies noted.
United Way of Greater Houston Helpline and COVID-19 Recovery FundUnited Way of Greater Houston’s 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE is our community’s go-to resource in times of disaster and every day. The 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE is available 24/7 to connect people with food, childcare, transportation, and other critical information and resources. If you or someone you know needs help, dial 211.
United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation have launched the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund to serve our region’s most vulnerable neighbors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and donate to the fund at greaterhoustonrecovery.org.
YMCA Operating as an Essential Personnel Child Care Site Located at 6145 Shadowbend Place, The Y is providing a full day of programming, snack and meals for the children of "essential personnel," including medical workers; first responders; select government staff; and grocery store, pharmacy and food distributor employees.
Children, ages 1 - 12 years old are eligible to register. The program runs Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. and features games, arts and crafts, STEAM and literacy activities.
Register online. Financial assistance is available.
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.
Grocery Store Special Hours
The Township’s Coronavirus pageThe Woodlands Township’s special COVID-19 information page can be found at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/covid19. This page now features Montgomery and Harris county Hubs, community resources and updated COVID-19 news from the Federal Government and the CDC. This page also includes the latest news from The Township, updates from partner agencies, social distancing strategies, important links, frequently asked questions, live Twitter feeds and more. Please check back often as it is updated frequently.
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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