Township Board of Directors Met Thursday via VideoconferenceThe Woodlands Township Board of Directors met Thursday, June 18, 2020 to discuss Township matters. Among the items of approval will be to accept field/pavilion permits and third party special event permit application for events under 500 people and a revised pool schedule will be effective starting Monday, June 22, 2020.
The Board discussed the impacts of COVID-19 and Chairman Gordy Bunch presented an overview of hospital capacity in The Woodlands. “We know that positive tests will continue to increase as many more people are being tested, but our hospitals indicate we are in good condition at this point in time,” Chairman Bunch said. “With that being said, we still urge our residents to practice good hygiene, wear a face covering when applicable, and practice social distancing.”
The Board also recognized The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department for winning the National Recreation and Park Association 2020 Innovation in Conservation Award. The Board of Directors also issued a proclamation in support of diversity in The Woodlands and healing for the nation, proclaimed June 23, 2020 as International Widows Day and the month of July as Parks and Recreation month in The Woodlands, Texas. Please visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov to view the entire meeting.
Mobile Testing for COVID-19 in Sterling RidgeA mobile testing site will be coming to the Sterling Ridge Park and Ride, located at 8001 McBeth Way in The Woodlands, TX, 77382, today, June 18 through June 21, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This testing site is free, but an appointment is needed. An appointment can be made by calling 512-883-2400 or completed online at txcovidtest.org.
Mobile Testing for COVID-19 in ConroeKroger will be sponsoring a free testing site at The Montgomery County Fair Grounds, located at 9333 Airport Road in Conroe, TX 77303, June 22 to June 24, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kroger asks that registration be completed online to expedite the testing process at www.krogerhealth.com/covidtesting, but if you are unable to register online, Kroger will be able to register you on site.
Montgomery County COVID-19 Case CountMontgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, confirms the number of ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 has increased to 604 today. That number includes 15 hospitalizations of Montgomery County residents. 917 people have fully recovered. The number of total positive cases has increased 71 since yesterday to 1,555. We can also regrettably confirm the 34th death related to COVID-19. A woman in her 50s, from Conroe, died in the hospital. We offer our condolences to her family.
Today is the largest one-day increase in positive COVID-19 tests that we have experienced in Montgomery County since the beginning of the pandemic. To reduce the spread, it is imperative for residents to abide by CDC guidelines. If you do not feel well, stay home. The CDC recommends the following measures when you are in a public place:
The MCHD/MCPHD COVID-19 Call Center is open for residents needing COVID-19 testing through the voucher program, or for general questions, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please call 936-523-5040 for more information.
You can view the list of case-by-case updates on the MCPHD website here: https://mcphd-tx.org/coronavirus-covid-19/confirmed-cases/. You can refer to the dashboard here: https://coronavirus-response-moco.hub.arcgis.com/.
Harris County COVID-19 Case CountHarris County Public Health (HCPH) publishes their daily case count, combined with the City of Houston’s daily case count, here: https://tinyurl.com/tzymvk5. 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 132 confirmed positive cases with 49 active cases, and 77389 has 111 confirmed positive cases with 44 active cases.
Harris County Mask Order and MaskUpHoustonHarris County Judge Hidalgo, joined by Houston Mayor Turner and Bob Harvey of the Greater Houston Partnership, just announced a new Harris County Order requiring businesses to have and implement a plan that, at a minimum, requires all individuals (employees or customers) 10 years or older to wear a face covering over the mouth and nose. There will be certain exceptions like while driving, eating or underlying health conditions. A business is subject to a $1,000 fine per violation. The judge and mayor referred to the new policy as, "no shoes, no shirt, no mask -- no service."
The order begins Monday with fine enforcement starting five days after the order goes into effect. The judge stressed that the county is looking to educate first and is seeking additional guidance from the state on how the fines may be enforced. As of now, the order will only be in effect for about eight days as it is tied to the county’s disaster proclamation. The judge will be seeking an extension of the county’s disaster proclamation and mask order from the Harris County Commissioners Court. Read the full release.
Harris County Public Health (HCPH) COVID-19 TestingGet tested, it’s free! To sign up for testing, visit hcphtx.org or ReadyHarris.org or you can call 832-927-7575. View flyer for more information. Once tested, results from HCPH testing sites can take up to 5 days to process. As you wait for your results, stay home and self-isolate, especially if you are sick, practice social distancing (6 ft/2 m) and wear a face-covering. View flyer for more information on the next steps after you have been tested.
The state has noted an increase in positive tests in those under 30. The Governor recently indicated it is suspected this age group is visiting bars and interacting in more group settings than others. As such, the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Control has indicated to licensees that a violation of current guidelines will result in a 30-day suspension of a liquor license and a second violation will result in a 60-day suspension of a liquor license.
The Governor and his team continued to reiterate the need to practice good health practices like wearing masks, maintaining good hand hygiene, social distancing and remaining home when possible.
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Riva Row Boat House Adds Pedal Kayaks to Rental OptionsJust in time for Father’s Day, The Woodlands Township will begin offering single and tandem (or double) pedal kayaks as new and exciting rental options at Riva Row Boat House on Saturday, June 20, 2020.
Pedal kayaks are being added to the many rental options already available at Riva Row including standard/paddle-powered single and tandem (or double) kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, swan pedal boats and water bikes. For more information visit the Riva Row Boat House webpage.
Township Summer Programs Now AvailableThe Woodlands Township is pleased to re-open a number of summer programs for the community to enjoy. Given the unprecedented situation surrounding COVID-19, summer programs have been adjusted to better serve the community in a safer manner. To learn more about summer camps, swimming lessons, adult programs, sports leagues and more, please see the Summer 2020 Action Guide online at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/actionguide. Registration for summer programs is available now!
Re-Opening of The WoodlandsFor a list of open and closed facilities in The Woodlands Township, please visit https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/1495/Re-opening-of-The-Woodlands.
#Township TogetherDuring the past few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents have shared examples of inspiration seen throughout the community. Some are chalk drawings, banners, signs of thanks, painted rocks and more. These can be viewed on The Woodlands Township website. If you’ve found something inspirational, please share by sending your photo to TownshipTogether@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.
Sawdust Park and Ride Facility Resumes Partial ServiceThe Woodlands Township has begun partial service for The Woodlands Express from the Sawdust Park and Ride location. Reduced service from the Research Forest Park and Ride will continue. Sterling Ridge Park and Ride location will remain temporarily closed.
Future announcements will be made if additional schedule adjustments are implemented.
Please visit our Twitter page at https://twitter.com/TownshipTransit for the latest service updates. For schedules, route maps and ticketing information visit www.woodlandstransit.com or call 281-210-3800 and ask for the Transportation Department.
The Woodlands Farmer’s MarketOpen Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon, located at 7 Switchbud Pl., 77380. The same precautions are still in place, including wearing face masks. For more information visit their website or Facebook page.
Outdoor DiningReady to be out and about? Check out the great outdoor options that The Woodlands has for you and enjoy an evening out.
Open Hotels in The Woodlands Many of The Woodlands hotel properties are open and ready to welcome you to their location. The Courtyard The Woodlands will be re-opening their doors on June 15, 2020. Be sure to stay up to date by viewing Visit The Woodlands.
Best Western Plus | Candlewood Suites | Drury Inn The Woodlands | Embassy Suites | Fairfield Inn and Suites | Hilton Garden Inn | Hyatt Place | Residence Inn Lakefront Drive | Residence Inn Market Street | The Woodlands Resort
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
Free Mental and Emotional Help is Available NowThe COVID-19 Crisis Counseling Program is designed to aid individuals living through the COVID-19 crisis in understanding their reactions, reviewing their options, and connecting with agencies and organizations to assist in improving their situations. Crisis counselors will be able to provide active listening while offering reassurance and practical assistance through psycho-education and emotional support. They will also teach behavioral techniques for coping with stress, anxiety, depression, etc. that may arise during this time. The program is offered FREE of charge to anyone in the community. All age groups are welcome. Get more information on this program now.
Township’s Coronavirus PageThe 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.
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