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Posted on: August 20, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Thursday, August 20, 2020

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Township to Hold Regular Board of Directors Meeting 
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting via videoconference today, Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time. View the meeting Agenda here. For public comment instructions, click here: https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3192

Prepare for Hurricane Season

Tropical Depression 14 Forms in the Caribbean
The National Hurricane Center has found sufficient circulation in the Caribbean to support formation of a tropical depression 14 (TD14). This system is expected to gradually organize/strengthen over the next several days as it moves across the Yucatan and into the western Gulf of Mexico Sunday. While there is still a lot of inherent uncertainty this far out, this increases the chances of impacts early next week along the upper TX Coast.

  • Understand that your planning may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
  • Give yourself more time than usual to prepare your emergency food, water, and medicine supplies. Home delivery is the safest choice for buying disaster supplies; however, that may not be an option for everyone. If in-person shopping is your only choice, take steps to protect your and others’ health when running essential errands.
  • Protect yourself and others when filling prescriptions by limiting in-person visits to the pharmacy. Sign up for mail order delivery or call in your prescription ahead of time and use drive-through windows or curbside pickup. If available order a 60 or 90 day supply to have on hand.
  • Pay attention to local guidance about updated plans for evacuations and shelters, including potential shelters for your pets.
  • If you need to evacuate, prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, or bar or liquid soap if not available, and two cloth face coverings for each person. Face covers should not be used by children under the age of 2. They also should not be used by people having trouble breathing, or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • When you check on neighbors and friends, be sure to follow social distancing recommendations (staying at least 6 feet, about 2 arms’ length, from others) and other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.
  • If you need to go to a disaster shelter, follow CDC recommendations for staying safe and healthy in a public disaster shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

County News

Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count Sees an Increase of 210 Positive Cases
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, can confirm the following update related to
COVID-19.

  • TOTAL cases of COVID-19 increased by 210 to 7,743 since yesterday’s report.
  • Now, in addition to processing new cases, we are also processing cases that were reported to The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) directly by healthcare providers and entered into the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS), run by the CDC. Out of the 210 new total cases since yesterday’s report, 164 (from the NEDSS system) tested positive prior to August 3rd. See additional information here: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/08/14/texas-coronavirus-testing-dshs/.
  • ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 increased by 94 to 1,304 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.
  • 5,451 people have clinically recovered.

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/.

General Bed Usage in Montgomery Country
The overall picture of available beds in Montgomery County hospitals remains relatively stable. The complete overview of hospital resources and their current level of availability can be viewed on the SETRAC website.

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 697 confirmed positive cases with 224 active cases, and 77389 has 342 confirmed positive cases with 70 active cases.

COVID-19 Case Count Brief from The Woodlands Fire Department
As of Thursday, August 20, 2020, + or – signifies change since previous report.

Montgomery County

  • 7743 Confirmed +210
  • 1304 - Active Cases  +94
  • 98 - Deaths NC
  • 5451- Recovered  +116
  • 53- Hospitalized  -1

Harris County 

  • 36227- Confirmed +454
  • 9094 - Active Cases -186
  • 443- Deaths +13
  • 26688 - Recovered +627

Get Tested for COVID-19

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 Montgomery County
Online registration is available for COVID-19 testing through the Montgomery County Public Health and Montgomery County Hospital District (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.

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.

Governor Announces Federally Funded COVID-19 Testing Sites in Harris County
Governor Greg Abbott announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has established four temporary COVID-19 surge testing sites in Harris County. Two testing sites in Houston, one in Pasadena and one in Kingwood are currently open and will remain open through August 29, 2020. Each location will be able to process 1,250 tests per day, or a total of 60,000 tests across the four sites. Read more information about the sites.

Around the Township

West Nile Virus Treatment Continues in Some Neighborhoods
With an increase of positive West Nile Virus samples in the area, some neighborhoods in The Woodlands began spraying missions from 8:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. yesterday, August 19, 2020 and will continue today, August 20, 2020. Please view the Treatment Activity Map and learn more about mosquito information and resources on the Township website.

Residents are reminded to:

  • Wear insect spray.
  • Wear long, loose sleeves and pants in breathable fabrics.
  • Avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn.
  • Drain areas with standing water.
  • Treat areas that cannot be drained with larvicide.

Registration Now Open for Fall Programs in The Woodlands
Fall is the time for seasonal events, family game nights, camps, Texas TreeVentures climbs, boat house programs and more. Due to the growing popularity of many of these programs, early registration is encouraged. Programs are also available to non-residents for an additional fee. All programs and activities will closely adhere to current safety standards and social distancing practices to ensure responsible recreation. Take a look at all the available activities in the Fall 2020 Action Guide.

Four Township Pools Open Post Season Through Labor Day
Four pools in The Woodlands will be open on weekends from noon to 6 p.m. until September 7, 2020: Alden Bridge, Bear Branch, Sawmill and Wendtwoods. Alden Bridge Pool will also be open for weekday enjoyment Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. until August 28, 2020. Daily rates for post-season pools (I.D. required): Resident $5; Non-Resident $10.

Use Caution in Active School Zones
While students are at home for remote learning, principals, teachers, paraprofessionals, custodial crews and additional staff members are currently present at their respective campuses. Please use caution in school zones during designated times posted on signs and/or when yellow lights are flashing. View more school news on the Township’s COVID-19 Community Resources page. 

Movie Theaters in The Woodlands
The theaters listed below are currently open or will be opening soon. Please read below for safety procedures, guidelines and specials for each specific theater.

Cinemark Tinseltown 17 & XD | 1600 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380
This theatre is currently open. Guests are required to wear face masks throughout the theatre and may be removed when eating and drinking inside the auditorium, encouraged to purchase contactless ticketing and asked to practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet. Additional guest guidelines and cleaning standards.

Cinemark at Market Street | 9595 Six Pines Drive, Suite 8200, The Woodlands, TX 77380:
This location opens Friday, August 28, 2020.

Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas | 26543 Kuykendahl Road, The Woodlands, TX 77375:
Guests are encouraged to wear a mask when not eating or drinking, reserve tickets online, enter and exit orderly and avoid congregation. View the new safety and health procedures. This location is currently offering a special to rent the entire theatre for $250. This gives 25 of your friends a movie ticket as well as unlimited soft drinks and popcorn!

View the Montgomery County Memorial Library System’s homepage and 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.

Clear the Shelters – 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 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

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.

Mask Orders: State of Texas and Montgomery and Harris Counties
The State of Texas requires all individuals over the age of 10 must wear a face covering (over the nose and mouth) wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another individual not in the same household. Read the full executive order.

Harris County directs any businesses providing goods or services to require all employees and visitors to wear face coverings in areas of close proximity to co-workers or the public. Everyone over the age of 10 must wear a face covering while in businesses or on commercial properties. Businesses that fail to comply could be fined up to $1,000. This order is in effect until August 26, 2020.

Montgomery County does not have a mask mandate for businesses, however many businesses request or require the wearing of masks.

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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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