Governor Abbott Announces Reopening Plan for Texas BusinessesHighlights are below from Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s press conference today that outlined the next steps for reopening Texas.
Phase I Reopening (May 1, 2020):
Businesses Still Not Able to Open:
Governor Abbott’s Report: Texans Helping TexasYou may read the full Governor’s report on reopening Texas.
Watch a video as Township Chairman Gordy Bunch explains what the Governor’s new Order means for The Woodlands. (LINK)
Board Stresses Importance of Continued Face CoveringThe Township Board of Directors strongly recommends covering your face when out in public, especially when you will be around other people.
According to the CDC, guidelines for continued face coverings are critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19, and residents should keep the following in mind at all times, even as Texas and The Woodlands begin to re-open:
“Fighting this pandemic requires that we all work together – citizens and government,” Chairman Bunch said. “We have a responsibility to take care of ourselves and a responsibility to take care of those around us.”
Current Status of Hospital AvailabilityResidents in The Woodlands can take comfort in the fact that hospitals in The Woodlands and Southeast Texas region are prepared to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is evidenced in data summarized by the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) which provides medical leadership in our region regarding the care of trauma and acute care patients. SETRAC is keeping daily count of hospital bed availability, ventilator usage and other key factors within the Southeast Texas area.
As reflected in SETRAC data, Houston Methodist The Woodlands, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands and St. Luke’s The Woodlands have more than adequate capacity to handle an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Hospital data from the 25-county SETRAC region is available for the following categories:
Viewers can review these numbers regionally or at the county level.
Montgomery County COVID-19 Case CountMontgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, is saddened to confirm the 10th death related to COVID-19 in Montgomery County. He was a man in his 80s, who was a resident of The Woodlands. We offer our condolences to his family.
We can also confirm there are now 379 ACTIVE cases of COVID-19. That number includes 38 hospitalizations. 141 people have fully recovered. The number of total positive cases has increased 24 since Saturday. Please note, there have been changes to the format of the graphic below.
The statewide stay-at-home order remains in effect for Texas until April 30th. Governor Greg Abbott confirmed today that it will expire on that date. Details on individual cases can be found here: https://mcphd-tx.org/coronavirus-covid-19/confirmed-cases/.
Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management updates a dashboard for the cases here: https://coronavirus-response-moco.hub.arcgis.com/.
Harris County COVID-19 Case CountAs of April 27, 2020 (4 p.m.), Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has 2,469 positive cases (1,128 active cases). HCPH is also confirming that 1,289 of its patients have recovered. There have been 52 total deaths of COVID-19 in Harris County. None of these numbers include the City of Houston. A full description of the numbers can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/tzymvk5Cases by zip code in Harris County can be found here 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 34 cases and 77389 has 31 cases.
Harris County Simplified COVID-19 Assessment Tool for TestingHarris County Public Health (HCPH) has revamped its COVID-19 online self-assessment tool to streamline the COVID-19 testing process. The online tool can be found at: www.readyharris.org or www.hcphtx.org (or https://covidcheck.hctx.net). Learn more about the assessment tool here.
Last Chance to Donate to Help Our HeroesThe Woodlands Township Board of Directors launched the Help Our Heroes campaign to collect crucial Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) supplies for local first responders and hospitals. Thanks to the generous donations of residents like you, the Township has collected a variety of supplies that number into the thousands for local heroes.
Additionally, as of April 23, 2020, Help Our Heroes has expanded to help our heroes personally as well as professionally. Many times, because of shift work, first responders and healthcare professionals cannot get to the store to buy supplies for their homes and families. The Woodlands Township has incorporated a program called “Adopt a Healthcare Worker” program to provide those supplies.
Donations will be accepted Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Woodlands Fire Department Central Fire Station, 9951 Grogan’s Mill Road, 77380. This program ends on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Please visit https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/1489/HELP-OUR-HEROES for more information.
Simple Recycling Has Resumed Service Effective Monday, April 27Residents who have orange bags filled with textiles, toys, books, and small household items can place their bags at the curb on their normal service day. For more information on this program or to request orange bags, visit www.simplerecycling.com or read this recent article from The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department on the Environmental Services blog.
Retail-To-GoVisit The Woodlands, the official destination marketing organization for The Woodlands, has launched a Retail To Go Program promoting storefront retail businesses in The Woodlands Township following Governor Abbott’s Executive Order establishing a Strike Force to open Texas.
“Our local retailers and restaurants have all been proactive and managed to change their business models in response to this global pandemic,” said Visit The Woodlands Chairman Bruce Rieser. “Here at Visit The Woodlands, we’re committed to supporting and promoting those efforts. Our team continues to create new content that will bring the hospitality message to our residents on behalf of our partners and help ensure their success.”
Retail to-go with curbside pickup is now available in a growing number of stores in The Woodlands. For more information, click here: https://visitthewoodlands.com/blog/retail-to-go-in-the-woodlands/
Experience The Woodlands with Safe Social DistancingLooking to try new restaurants or shops while social distancing? Save this passport to your phone and check off these "destinations" as you support dining and shopping options in The Woodlands. You can visit these destinations by making purchases from local stores and ordering from area restaurants. Post your progress to encourage your friends and neighbors to participate. Snap photos of your food and purchases and be sure to share them on social media, tagging the business and using #SoWoodlands.
Numerous resources are available in the community for support. These vary from food banks to financial assistance and much more. Please visit the link below to find more information about resources in the community related to COVID-19: http://thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/1491/Community-Resources.
Community Assistance CenterThe Montgomery County Community Assistance Center is seeking help through monetary and in-kind donations and through volunteers. View the flyer to learn more.
Interfaith Requesting HelpThe following are needs for Interfaith of The Woodlands:
Funding: Funding to be used for the following:
Monetary Donations can be made here: https://interfaith-of-the-woodlands.snwbll.com/covid-19-community-response
Food Donations: Interfaith is actively accepting food donations of: cereal, canned meat, dry pasta, vegetables and fruit, snacks for kids, peanut butter, jelly, meal starters, soups, crackers, toiletries, paper goods including toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Donations will be accepted on Wednesdays from 9-11 am at Interfaith Central, 4242 Interfaith Way.
Encouragement Cards for Seniors and Healthcare workers: We are accepting cards for Seniors and Healthcare workers to help bring sunshine to their day! All cards donated will be delivered to our Senior neighbors during grocery delivery and to local hospitals. You can mail your cards or drive through and drop off at our office at 4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands, 77381.
Mosaics of Mercy Needs Assistance in the Following Areas:
Please visit www.mosaicsofmercy.com for additional 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 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.
Hotlines for health questions and COVID-19Montgomery County: 936-523-5040 Harris County: 713-634-1110 Statewide Mental Health Support Line: 833-986-1919
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.
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.
#Township TogetherThe Woodlands Township would like to call on residents to share any images of inspiration with the community. These can be a photo of something seen in the neighborhood, a family project or anything with a positive message. These will be shared through the Township email updates, social media channels and on The Woodlands Township website here.
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