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Posted on: July 2, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Thursday, July 2, 2020

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State News

Governor Issues Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Limits Gatherings
Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than 10 and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.

Additionally, the Governor released a new video message to coincide with his Executive Order, encouraging Texans to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep their communities safe. The video can be downloaded at this link and can also be viewed on YouTube.

 View the Governor’s Executive Order. | View the Governor’s Proclamation.

Chairman Bunch Discusses the Importance of Wearing a Face Covering 
As the number of cases of COVID-19 continue to increase both in Harris and Montgomery counties, please take a look at the importance of wearing a face covering from Township Chairman Gordy Bunch. Watch the video.

County News

Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count 
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, is saddened to confirm the 37th death related to COVID-19 in Montgomery County. The man, who was in his 90s from Porter, died in a long-term care facility. We offer our condolences to his family.

Today, the number of ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 has increased to 960 in Montgomery County. The number of TOTAL positive cases has increased by 96 cases since yesterday to 2,353. Of the 960 active cases who are Montgomery County residents, 24 are in the hospital. 1,356 people have fully recovered.

You have the power to keep businesses and restaurants open. This 4th of July holiday weekend, avoid large groups of people. Wear a mask (if it is necessary to be in public), wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, disinfect surfaces in your car and around your home, and practice social distancing. These actions will reduce your chances of contracting COVID-19.

Tomorrow (Friday, July 3, 2020), MCPHD, MCHD and Montgomery County offices will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The next update will be Monday, July 6, 2020.

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/.

For more information on how to protect yourself and others, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.

Online Registration for COVID-19 Testing Now Available
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with Montgomery County Hospital District, would like to announce online registration is now available to receive a voucher for COVID-19 testing through both MCPHD and MCHD. Testing is available for both symptomatic and asymptomatic people who would like to be tested. You must be a Montgomery County resident to be eligible for a voucher; each resident can receive only one voucher.

  • STEP ONE: Go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on “Need to be tested?”
  • STEP TWO: Fill out the information.
  • STEP THREE: Check your email for the voucher.
  • STEP FOUR: Make an appointment at your testing center of choice based on information you receive in the email.
  • STEP FIVE: Get tested! The testing center of your choice will notify you of the result.

For more information, the MCHD/MCPHD COVID-19 Call Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please call 936-523-5040. Read more about online voucher registration.

Harris County COVID-19 Case Count
Harris 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 210 confirmed positive cases with 101 active cases, and 77389 has 143 confirmed positive cases with 49 active cases.

Harris County Business Health and Safety Order Extended 
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo will amend an existing order mandating that all businesses in Harris County develop and post a health and safety policy for employees and customers, which at a minimum includes a face covering requirement. As part of the order, everyone over the age of 10 must wear a face covering while in businesses or on commercial properties, including employees and all visitors and customers. Read the complete order here.

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) COVID-19 Testing
Get 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.

Township News

Lakes Edge Boat House to Re-Open on July 3, 2020
The Woodlands Township is proud to announce the re-opening of Lakes Edge Boat House beginning Friday, July 3, 2020. The smaller of two boat rental locations owned and operated by The Woodlands Township, the Lakes Edge Boat House has been closed since the initial shutdown of Township facilities in March due to COVID-19. Read more about Lakes Edge.

Fireworks are Prohibited in The Woodlands Neighborhoods
The Woodlands Fire Department and The Woodlands Township remind all residents that The Woodlands Covenants strictly prohibit the sale or use of fireworks and sparklers of any kind in The Woodlands Township neighborhoods. The Woodlands Township is situated in a beautiful forest, and one errant spark could severely damage the community.

To report the sale or use of fireworks, please call The Woodlands Fire Department non-emergency line at 281-362-3900 and inform the dispatcher of the activity and location. In the event of a fire or medical emergency, please call 911.

The Woodlands Township “Drive in” and Online Fireworks Display
For information regarding The Woodlands Township’s “Drive-in” and online fireworks display, please visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

Solid waste services Not Impacted by Holiday Weekend
The Woodlands Township reminds residents that all solid waste services in the community will occur as usual over the Fourth of July holiday. There will be no interruption or delay of trash, recycling, yard trimmings or Simple Recycling (textiles) services due to the holiday. All services will be provided on regular service days.

Town Center Trolleys Resume Service 
The Woodlands Township resumed full service for the Town Center Trolleys beginning on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. This includes all four trolleys operating the normal route and stops, seven days a week. Current capacity is limited by half.

Due to COVID-19 safety measures, trolleys will be wiped with disinfectant throughout the day and will undergo a thorough disinfection process at the end of each service day. All drivers will be required to wear face coverings. Passengers are also highly encouraged to wear face coverings. View the complete release.

Around the Township

Re-Opening of The Woodlands
For a list of open and closed facilities in The Woodlands Township, please visit https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/1495/Re-opening-of-The-Woodlands.

Open Hotels in The Woodlands 
Westin and The Woodlands Waterway Marriott both re-opened this week in time for the Fourth of July weekend. 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 Westin at The Woodlands |  The Woodlands Resort | The Woodlands Waterway Marriott

Community Resources

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

Comcast Extends Free Public WiFi Access
To continue to help keep people connected as the country prepares to reopen, Comcast is extending free access to the 1.5 million public Xfinity WiFi hotspots to anyone who needs them, including non-customers, through the end of 2020. Learn more here. 

Township to Host Salute to First Responders Blood Drive
Visit The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park (6464 Creekside Forest Drive) on Monday, July 6, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to donate blood. Please consider this opportunity to express your gratitude to our first responders who continue to serve our community and receive a FREE beach towel with your successful donation!

Donors with appointments will be honored first; however, walk-ins will be taken when a station is open. Visit the Gulf Coast website to schedule your appointment.

The Gulf Coast Blood Center will take precautions to ensure your safety and is offering FREE COVID-19 antibody testing for all successful donors. Donors will be required to wear a mask. Participants waiting outside of their vehicle will be required to follow social distance guidelines.

Blood Drives at the YMCA

  • Donate July 10 and 13, 2020 and pre-register at giveblood.org.
  • If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days, we ask you to please do not try to donate.
  • The Blood Center is now requiring that donors wear a mask or face covering when at a blood drive. In the case that you do not have one, staff will offer you one.
  • All successful blood donors will receive a FREE COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST. (This test is authorized by the FDA only for detecting the presence of antibodies against SARS-Co V-2, and is not intended for diagnosis of COVID-19.)

July 10, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Woodlands Family YMCA at Shadowbend
6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Schedule Your Appointment

 July 13, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Woodlands Family YMCA at Shadowbend
6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Schedule Your Appointment

 July 13, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.The Woodlands Family YMCA at Branch Crossing
8100 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands, TX 77382
Schedule Your Appointment

Township’s Coronavirus Page
The 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.

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 Offices Closed in Observance of America’s Birthday
Please note, The Woodlands Township will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020.

The next COVID-19 Update from the Township will be sent on Monday, July 6, 2020. Please have a safe, socially distant Fourth of July!


The Woodlands Township publishes this update to inform residents and businesses regarding COVID-19 and its impact on The Woodlands Township. Please sign up for Township news and notifications at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/notifyme.

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