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Posted on: July 16, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Thursday, July 16, 2020

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Township Board of Directors Meeting
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting via videoconference today, Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time. View the meeting online here. 

During today’s videoconference Board meeting, members of the public may provide public comment by calling 346-248-7799 or 877-853-5247 (toll-free), then enter ID 841 7421 9602 #. 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 July 16, 2020 Regular Board meeting. New phone numbers will be issued for each future meeting during the public health pandemic emergency.

County News

Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count increases by 177 
MONTGOMERY COUNTY - In an effort to address a lot of the questions we are getting about the change in reporting, Montgomery County has added information to the Frequently Asked Questions portion of its website. If you have a question regarding the change or calculations of the numbers, please go to https://mcphd-tx.org/ and scroll down to the FAQs. This should help clear up any confusion.

Today, Montgomery County can regrettably confirm an additional death related to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 46. A man in his 60s, from Magnolia, died in the hospital. He had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19. We offer our condolences to his family.

The total number of COVID-19 cases increased by 177 to 4,501 cases in Montgomery County. ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 decreased to 2,088. Of the 2,088 active cases who are Montgomery County residents, 58 are known to be in the hospital, as a result of contact investigations. Contact investigations have not been initiated on all reported cases. 2,262 people have clinically recovered.

Please note, the calculation for active cases has been updated to no longer include cases that County personnel have been unable to contact for more than 30 days. For example, if someone tested positive in April, but the County unsuccessful in its attempts to contact them, their case would no longer be considered “active.”

It’s more important than ever to take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Consider staying home unless it is necessary to leave your home. Avoid 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.

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/. 

Testing in Montgomery County
A reminder, online registration is now available for COVID-19 testing through the MCPHD/MCHD voucher program. Click on “Need to be tested?” on mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and follow the instructions. Call the COVID-19 Call Center at 936-523-5040, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for more information.

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 347 confirmed positive cases with 152 active cases, and 77389 has 198 confirmed positive cases with 54 active cases.

Testing in Harris County
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.

Local School Districts Reopening Plans
Local school districts have developed reopening plans as the first day of school is scheduled for next month (August 12, 2020, for Conroe ISD, Magnolia ISD and The Woodlands Christian Academy, August 13 for The John Cooper School and August 18, 2020, for Tomball ISD). See below for more information on each school district.

Conroe ISD - Roadmap to Reopening
Magnolia ISD - Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year
Tomball ISD - Return to Excellence – Reopening 2020
NEW! The John Cooper School - Reopening Plan
The Woodlands Christian Academy - TWCA 2020-2021 Reopening Plan

FDA Answers Questions About Hand Sanitizer Uses and Safety
The FDA is working to address the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and keep you and your family informed on the latest developments. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions from consumers about hand sanitizers and disinfectants:

Q: What is the risk of using a hand sanitizer that contains methanol (wood alcohol)?

A: The FDA is warning consumers and health care professionals about hand sanitizers that contain methanol, also known as wood alcohol, because it is a dangerous and toxic substance. Methanol can cause serious side effects when absorbed through the skin and can cause blindness or death when swallowed. Do not use any products on this list of hand sanitizers with potential methanol contamination, and continue checking this list often as it is being updated daily.

Q: What should I do with hand sanitizer that contains methanol (wood alcohol)?

A: If you have one of the products on this list of hand sanitizers with potential methanol contamination, you should immediately stop using it and dispose of the product, ideally in a hazardous waste container. Because these hand sanitizers contain significant amounts of methanol, do not pour these products down the drain or flush them. Contact your local waste management and recycling center for more information on hazardous waste disposal.

Q: What should people do that have been exposed to hand sanitizer with potential methanol contamination?

A: Methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although people using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who accidentally swallow these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute are most at risk. People who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate medical treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.

Q: Does spraying people with disinfectant lower the spread of COVID-19?

A. Currently there are no data showing that spraying people with aerosolized disinfectants, or having people walk through tunnels or rooms where disinfectant is in the air, can treat, prevent, or lower the spread of COVID-19. Surface disinfectants should not be used on people or animals. Disinfectant products, such as sprays, wipes, or liquids, are to be used only on hard, non-porous surfaces (materials that do not absorb liquids easily), such as floors and countertops. CDC provides information regarding disinfectant practices for surfaces in the Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes. Learn more about these and other coronavirus topics.

Township News

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.

State News

Governor Announces Additional Federal Resources Activated 
Governor Abbott announced that additional federal resources have been activated and are being sent to the Houston region to combat COVID-19.

The additional resources include an Urban Area Medical Task Force from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and a Disaster Medical Assistance Team from U.S. Health and Human Services. These resources add to a DOD Urban Area Medical Task Force that just began operating in Bexar County as well as seven federal assessment teams operating in Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, McAllen, Laredo and El Paso this past week. The Governor continues daily collaboration with Texas’ federal partners to expand resources for any regions to respond to COVID-19. View the Governor’s complete announcement.

Governor Announces Additional Testing Sites
Governor Greg Abbott announced on Sunday, July 12, 2020, that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended federal support of Community Based Testing Sites in Dallas and Houston through July 31, 2020. Governor Abbott previously secured an extension of these sites in June. View the Governor’s complete announcement.

Around the Township

Rock the Row Concert Series  
Rock the Row features local and regional bands playing a variety of favorites from classic rock and pop to Motown each Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in Hughes Landing near Restaurant Row. This week’s featured band is Ripp Tackett (Texas Rock). The Township Board of Directors considered the production of parks and recreation programs, services and special events with thoughtful deliberation and approved the Parks and Recreation Department to produce Rock the Row provided the concerts are in compliance with the Governor’s Order and approved by the County Judge.

Those planning to attend the concerts are encouraged to wear face coverings, should practice social distancing, refrain from gathering in large groups and continue following all guidelines established by the CDC when in public spaces and around others outside of your household.

Re-Opening of The Woodlands
Stay up to date on hotel re-openings 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

Please visit the Re-Opening of The Woodlands webpage for a list of open and closed facilities and services in The Woodlands Township and the Community Resources webpage.

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 Community Resources webpage to find more information about resources in the community related to COVID-19.

Community Assistance Center
The Montgomery County Community Assistance Center (CAC) is seeking help through monetary and in-kind donations and through volunteers. The CAC front office is open for food and clothing assistance but with limited contact. View the CAC Services flyer | View the CAC How You Can Help flyer.

Mental Health Moment: Mosaics of Mercy
Mosaics of Mercy is a non-profit that serves as a hub for resources for mental well-being. The organization stays current on the available mental health resources for our community, including the status of treatment programs, counselors seeing clients through telehealth, and virtual support groups.

More information can be found at www.mosaicsofmercy.com. Help is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 346-703-0051 for personal assistance navigating resources. There are current resources listed at https://mosaicsofmercy.com/coronavirus/. New episodes of the Hope Pieced Together podcast are released weekly, interviewing local professionals on topics related to mental well-being for this period.

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.
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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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