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Posted on: August 6, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Thursday, August 6, 2020

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The Woodlands Township Budget Meetings 
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors held Budget Workshops via video conference Monday through today this week at 8:30 a.m. The Presentation from the Budget Workshop of the preliminary base budget is available for review and the meetings can be watched online.

Chairman Bunch Discusses COVID-19 and Different Types of Tests Available
Free COVID-19 testing is available for residents of Montgomery County online at https://www.mchd-tx.org. Call 936-523-3916 for more information.

Harris County residents may also sign up for free COVID-19 testing online at hcphtx.org. Call 832-927-7575 for more information. Watch the video here.

Testing in The Woodlands

NEW! The Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is excited to announce an additional COVID-19 testing site in Montgomery County. This testing site will be at the Sterling Ridge Park and Ride on August 11-14, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A valid form of identification is needed to be tested, and registration will be done on site. View the full press release.

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.

County News

Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count Sees an Increase of 51 Positive Cases
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, can sadly confirm an additional death related to COVID-19, bringing the total to 77.

A man in his 30s, from Magnolia, died in the hospital. He had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19. They offer their condolences to his family at this difficult time.

  • TOTAL cases of COVID-19 increased by 51 to 6,510 since yesterday’s report.
  • ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 decreased by 167 to 1,923 since yesterday’s report.
  • 53 residents are known to be in the hospital, as a result of contact investigations. Contact investigations have not been initiated on all reported cases.
  • 4,338 people have clinically recovered.

Have questions? Please go to https://mcphd-tx.org/ and scroll down to the FAQs. 

Take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

  • Consider staying home unless it is necessary to leave your home.
  • Avoid groups of people.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wear a mask (if it is necessary to leave your home).
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Disinfect surfaces in your car and around your home.

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/.

Just 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. The COVID-19 Call Center’s number is 936-523-3916. It is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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. 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 565 confirmed positive cases with 227 active cases, and 77389 has 289 confirmed positive cases with 81 active cases.

State News

Governor Abbott Holds Roundtable On Upcoming Flu Season
Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference today in North Texas with local health experts and elected officials regarding the upcoming flu season. The Governor and health experts discussed the importance of getting an annual flu shot and doing so early in the season. The influenza vaccine for this season should be available in early September. The governor stressed that getting a flu shot early can help lower the number of flu cases and reduce the potential stress on hospital capacity, especially as Texans continue the fight to lower the spread of COVID-19. View the full press release here.

Township News

Please Keep Streets Clear on Trash Service Day
Waste Management has reported increased difficulty servicing carts due to blocked access to streets with personal and contractor vehicles.

Parking on the street is sometimes necessary, especially now that many of us are home during the day. However, to ensure uninterrupted waste service for you and your neighbors, please avoid parking on the street on your trash day. 

If a service or contractor truck is due to visit your home on your trash day, please reschedule them for a day other than your service day. If rescheduling is not an option, notify the company and ask that they park in your driveway or in an area where they are not obstructing passage. If blocking the street on your service day is unavoidable, please contact Waste Management at 1-800-800-5804 and alert them before your next service day.

COVID-19 Case Count Brief from The Woodlands Fire Department
As of Thursday, August 6, 2020, + or – signifies change since previous report.

Montgomery County

  • 6,510 - Confirmed, +51
  • 1,923 - Active Cases,  -167
  • 77 - Deaths,  +1
  • 4,338 – Recovered,  +217
  • 53 – Hospitalized,  +1

Harris County 

  • 29,267 – Confirmed, +673
  • 10,169 - Active Cases, +63
  • 315 – Deaths, +13
  • 18,781 – Recovered, +597

School News

Tomball ISD Delays School Year Start to September 8, 2020
Tomball ISD (TISD) Board of Trustees approved changes to the 2020-2021 School Calendar during a Special Board Meeting called on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Rather than begin school with all students in a virtual environment on August 18, 2020, TISD will push back the start of its school year and begin either with face-to-face instruction or in the Tomball Virtual School on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. This information is especially important for residents in the Village of Creekside Park. View the Return to Excellence Reopening 2020 update. View the revised 2020-2021 School Calendar.

Around the Township

What to Do If You Encounter One of These While Out and About
Most people don’t realize there are otters in our area and assume they are beavers. River otters are fascinating creatures that are semi-aquatic and spend about two-thirds of their time on land and the other third in the water. Their webbed feet, powerful tails and third eyelid, which acts like goggles, make them strong swimmers.

The diet is mainly aquatic organisms including fish, turtles, frogs, and crayfish, but they’ve also been known to eat small mammals like squirrels and mice. River otters are good communicators and have a variety of vocalizations including a scream that can be heard up to a mile and a half away!

If you need assistance with an injured, orphaned or displaced animal, please call The Woodlands Wildlife Resource Center at 713-468-TWRC (8972). They will walk you through the process to keep both you and the animal safe. You can also visit their website at www.twrcwildlifecenter.org.

Safety First When Back to School Shopping 
In The Woodlands, hotels, restaurants, shopping and many of your favorite summer outdoor activities are open with enhanced safety protocols. This is true at The Woodlands Mall and Market Street! You’ll find floor markers encouraging social distancing and designated areas to show that we are #inthistogether and that #thewoodlandscares. To plan your shopping trip in The Woodlands, visit the website for a full Retail Guide. Visit The Woodlands Tip: Many retailers have modified hours, capacities and services, we encourage you to check before you go to ensure your favorite stores are open.

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.

Interfaith Offers Support Through Cares Act and Food Pantry
For more information, please visit Interfaith of The Woodlands’ COVID-19 webpage or call 281-367-1230. Current hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Apply for assistance through the Cares Act here.

Food distribution will continue on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Non-perishable food donations are accepted Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. View the list of current food pantry needs.

Clear the Shelter – Gain a Best Friend
This year Clear the Shelters is a month-long event taking place from August 1 through August 31, 2020. All pet adoption fees have been waived. NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear The Shelters nationwide pet adoption campaign returns for a sixth consecutive year in August 2020 and this year with sponsors such as WeRescue, 24PetWatch and greatergood.org. Please visit ClearTheShelters.com for more information.

Adoptions are by appointment only to maintain social distances. To adopt an animal, please visit the Montgomery County Animal Services webpage to schedule a time. View Adoptable Dogs View Adoptable Cats

Community Assistance Center
The Montgomery County Community Assistance Center (CAC) is seeking help through monetary,  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.

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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