Chairman Bunch gives thanks and talks about amenities open this week in the Township There are a variety of amenities open during Thanksgiving Break including: parks and pathways, The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center and Texas TreeVentures. Riva Row and Lakes Edge Boat House will be open every day this week, except for Thanksgiving Day. Watch the video. | Read the press release.
COVID-19 Testing in The Woodlands — Insurance Now AcceptedTesting is taking place at The Woodlands Township Town Hall, 2801 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands, Texas 77381. As part of the COVID-19 testing, customers will now be asked to submit their insurance information when scheduling a test. Testing is still offered at no cost to the patient. Customers without insurance will still be tested at no personal cost using coverage from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act.
Please note the following holiday hours:
Make Thanksgiving Safer: Tips from the CDCTraditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household.
Alternatively, consider hosting a virtual Thanksgiving celebration! Schedule a time to share a meal together virtually, and have guests share recipes and show their turkey, dressing or other dishes they prepared. Read more tips for celebrating the holidays safely.
COVID-19 Updates from The Woodlands TownshipPlease note that today’s update will be the only COVID-19 Update from the Township for this week. The email updates will resume on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. The Woodlands Township Board of Directors and staff wish you and your families a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
County NewsMontgomery County COVID-19 Case Count November 24, 2020Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, urges residents to take necessary precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19 this Thanksgiving holiday. Montgomery County cases are on the rise. Please see guidelines for celebrating the holiday from the Centers of Disease Control here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.
TOTAL cases of COVID-19 increased by 240 to 16,789 since yesterday’s (11/23) report. All 240 new cases were tested in the month of November, and 202 of those were tested since 11/16/2020.
ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 decreased by 9 to 2,757 since yesterday’s (11/23) report. On Tuesdays, we factor in additional “inactive” cases we have been unable to contact for more than 30 days. We accounted for 176 additional “inactive” cases today.
24 residents are known, as a result of contact investigations, to be in the hospital. Contact investigations have not been initiated on all reported cases.
10,501 people have clinically recovered. PH staff discovered an inconsistency in yesterday’s total of recovered cases. This has been corrected to reflect the accurate number of recoveries for both 11/23/2020 and today.
The Testing Positivity Rate for Montgomery County has risen to 10%. You can find more information here: https://sph.uth.edu/dept/bads/covid19-dashboard.
*These numbers include PCR and rapid antigen testing. We do not include antibody testing. Have questions? Please go to https://mcphd-tx.org/ and scroll down to the FAQs. You can find more information on the SETRAC website, setrac.org.
View the case-by-case updates from last week 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/.
Harris County COVID-19 Case CountHarris 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 1,635 confirmed positive cases with 212 active cases, and 77389 has 877 confirmed positive cases with 148 active cases.
COVID-19 Case Count Brief from The Woodlands Fire DepartmentAs of Tuesday, November 24, 2020, + or – signifies change since previous report.
All numbers since November 19, 2020
16,789 – Confirmed +1,0312,757 – Active +451169 – Deaths +210,501 – Recovered +40224 – Hospitalized -5
90,783- Confirmed +4,240
9,708 - Active Cases +2,819
987 - Deaths +13
80,075 - Recovered +1,407
Montgomery County Testing
Do you have questions regarding COVID-19 or COVID-19 testing? The Montgomery County COVID-19 Call Center’s number is 936-523-3916. It is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and November 27, 2020.
Harris County Testing
Residents may also sign up for free COVID-19 testing online at hcphtx.org. Call 832-927-7575 for more information.
State and National NewsGovernor Abbott, DSHS Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan
Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced yesterday, November 23, 2020, the guiding principles for Texas' COVID-19 vaccine allocation process, which will serve as a foundation for the state's initial distribution for COVID-19 vaccines expected as early as next month. These principles have been established by the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP), created by DSHS to make recommendations on vaccine allocation decisions, including identifying groups that should be vaccinated first to provide the most protection to vulnerable populations and critical state resources.
"These guiding principles established by the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel will ensure that the State of Texas swiftly distributes the COVID-19 vaccine to Texans who voluntarily choose to be immunized," said Governor Abbott. "This foundation for the allocation process will help us mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, protect the most vulnerable Texans, and safeguard crucial state resources." Read the complete press release.
Community Use of Cloth Masks
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is transmitted predominately by respiratory droplets generated when people cough, sneeze, sing, talk or breathe. CDC recommends community use of masks, specifically non-valved multi-layer cloth masks, to prevent transmission. Read the full article from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
It’s a Good Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine
While the United States remains focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to be aware of flu season as winter approaches, with activity peaking between December and February. Getting vaccinated now can lower your chances of getting the flu. Flu vaccines approved by the FDA provide important benefits and are your best defense from flu and its potential complications. Learn more from the FDA.
Travel Confidently this FallThis year we are thankful for masks. Wear a mask this holiday season to keep the community and your loved ones safe. The updated guidance from the U.S. Travel Association now includes important steps travelers can follow to better protect themselves and others this holiday season. When we all do our part, we can all #TravelConfidently.
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.
Thankful in The Woodlands: A Message from Visit The WoodlandsVisit The Woodlands provides offers from local hotels, attractions and restaurants. Special offers are added regularly. Consider supporting our local restaurants, several with curbside Thanksgiving dinner pickup available. Thanksgiving dining options and specials can be found here.
COVID-19 Virtual Holiday Activities
View the list below for COVID-19 friendly activities in The Woodlands and surrounding area.
The Woodlands Township COVID-19 eNewsletter
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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.
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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. This newsletter is published every Tuesday and Thursday, or as needed.