Montgomery County COVID-19 Case CountMontgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, can confirm there are now 161 positive cases of COVID-19, up 12 cases from yesterday. The CDC continues to recommend cloth face masks for the general public when leaving your home is necessary. For instructions on wearing face masks, making them or cleaning them, please visit the CDC website at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.
It’s also important to keep up the efforts of social distancing, washing your hands and disinfecting surfaces in and around your home.
Details on Montgomery County cases can be found here: https://mcphd-tx.org/coronavirus-covid-19/confirmed-cases/
Harris County COVID-19 Case CountAs of Monday, April 6, 2020 (4:00 p.m.), Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has 12 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the total to 664 positive cases. HCPH is also confirming that 160 of its patients have recovered. There have been 8 deaths in the NW Quadrant of Harris County. There have been 12 total deaths of COVID-19 in Harris County and 10 in the city limits of Houston. A full description of the numbers can be found here: https://harriscounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/cd54e50984b94690b1d6093e0df651c5
Help Our HeroesThe Woodlands Township launched Help Our Heroes, a program to collect Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and essential supplies needed for first responders and medical service providers in the community. Please consider donating these materials if you have them on-hand. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Today, the first day of collection, 19 people dropped off items, including:
Thank you to all who participated. The next collection is on Thursday.
Pictured, left to right:Township Director and Public Health Liaison Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, Montgomery County Hospital District Paramedic John Hancock, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Specialist Eric Medina, Montgomery County Hospital District Captain Brian Bell and The Woodlands Fire Department Chief Palmer Buck
Governor Abbott provided an update of a phone call held between governors and the federal administration. Of note from the governor’s comments regarding that call is that states should expect to see by April 24 the federal funding appropriated to address the economic issues associated with COVID-19. As a reminder, a portion of the state funding is set aside for local governments with populations greater than 500,000 with the state to determine the distribution of funds to communities with populations below that threshold.
In addition, today’s press conference was the first to verbally emphasize that the mitigation efforts in Texas may be flattening the impact of COVID-19, thus shortening the timeline until the state reaches the apex of the virus. It was stressed that current mitigation strategies must be maintained but that under current practices the state may peak several days earlier than recently modeled.
COVID-19 Case Data
The state has developed a system of prioritization for the distribution of PPE to healthcare facilities and first responders based on potential risks and exposures to COVID-19.
Travel RestrictionsExisting air travel restrictions from known hotspots remain. In addition, DPS had been enforcing the roadway travel restrictions from Louisiana by pulling over drivers once they enter the state to administer the necessary notice for 14 day self-quarantine. Effective today, DPS has checkpoints at all roadway entrances from Louisiana to administer notice.
Special Board of Directors meeting The Woodlands Township Board of Directors will hold a special meeting via videoconference at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2020, to discuss the Township’s response to COVID-19. Visit the Township website to tune in.
The Woodlands Express Park and Ride Service ChangesEffective today, April 6, 2020: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Woodlands Express Park and Ride schedule has been revised. The revisions are in response to continuing reductions seen in ridership levels to the Downtown and Greenway Plaza locations. This reduced schedule will help to manage the cost of service while still providing adequate space for social distancing and seat spacing on board the buses. Please view the revised schedule here.
The Woodlands Township Community Gardens to Re-open with Limited Access On Thursday, April 2, 2020, The Woodlands Township’s Board of Directors approved a process to re-open the community gardens and the Veggie Village donation garden following national, state and Montgomery County guidelines for social distancing. Our community gardens have been identified as an essential service—farm/food production - according to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Until further notice, community gardens are restricted to those who currently lease a plot or who volunteer through the Veggie Village project. Access to garden plots is limited to a specific time and day: gardeners must register for one two-hour time slot per week. Restrictions on access help ensure that social distancing guidelines are followed. The Township is reaching out directly to all current gardeners by email with additional information and instructions on how to sign up for their time slot.
Guidelines for Social Distancing on the Pathways--Please Stay Safe!For 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.
Business Assistance Resources AvailableThe Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce lists a variety of resources available to local businesses affected by the pandemic, including CARES Act Funding Options.
Complete details can be found at https://www.woodlandschamber.org/coronavirus-resources.
Beware of Stimulus Check ScamsAs you may know, the government is preparing to distribute stimulus checks to help provide relief to households due to the COVID 19 crises. Scammers use public health emergencies as opportunities for new fraud schemes. In fact, The Federal Trade Commission has already received complaints about stimulus checks scams.
Learn how to protect yourself from these scams.
Grocery Store Special HoursMany grocery stores have special hours either for re-stocking or for seniors and others to have a quieter shopping experience. Please visit our community resource list to view hours at different stores.
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.
The 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 Banks—How You Can HelpLocal 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.
Hotlines for health questions and COVID-19Montgomery County: 936-523-5040 Harris County: 713-634-1110
Free Self-Screening Tool for COVID-19Visit the self-screening tool on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Tracking COVID-19: Local, Regionally, Nationally, InternationallyBelow are the widgets for tracking COVID19.
Need some help thinking about all of this? 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 mental health authority can be found on HHSC’s website. View the full release.
View additional state and national mental health resources and contact information.
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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