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Posted on: July 17, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Friday, July 17, 2020

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Township Board of Directors Met Thursday via Videoconference
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors held a Regular Board Meeting via videoconference Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 6 p.m. to discuss Township matters.

The Board discussed COVID-19 updates including Chairman Gordy Bunch presenting on Montgomery and Harris County hospital resources, Director Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs’ update on Operation Warp Speed and other local vaccine trials and Director Dr. Ann K. Snyder’s update on various non-profits. Township Director of Parks and Recreation Dr. Chris Nunes presented the reopening plan for The Woodlands facilities and amenities. Read the complete release.

County News

Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count increases by 220 positives
MONTGOMERY COUNTY - Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, confirms the total number of COVID-19 cases increased by 220 to 4,721 cases in Montgomery County. ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 increased to 2,193. Of the 2,193 active cases who are Montgomery County residents, 60 are known to be in the hospital, as a result of contact investigations. Contact investigations have not been initiated on all reported cases. 2,377 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 354 confirmed positive cases with 154 active cases, and 77389 has 201 confirmed positive cases with 53 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
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. Visit the FDA’s website for answers to some frequently asked questions from consumers about hand sanitizers and disinfectants.

The 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.

Re-Opening of The Woodlands
The Archery Range, located at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park (6464 Creekside Forest Drive), is open for use. Bring your equipment and hone your skills! Please view the Archery Range Rules before attending.

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

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

The Woodlands Farmer’s Market
The Woodlands Farmer’s Market is open Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon (7 Switchbud Place, 77380). Produced by Grogan’s Mill Village Association, the market continues to have safety precautions in place: prohibiting the consumption of food/beverage in the market, changed layout for maximum social distancing, requiring masks to be worn by patrons and vendors, vendors assist with purchases and hand sanitizing stations.

Check out all the vendors that are returning! They have produce, meats, artisan goods, health and beauty, knife sharpening, snacks and so much more! For more information visit the website, Facebook page and sign up for the enewsletter.

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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