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Posted on: June 1, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Monday, June 1, 2020

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Township summer programs now available
Summer is quickly approaching and The Woodlands Township is pleased to re-open a number of summer programs for the community to enjoy. Given the unprecedented situation surrounding COVID-19, summer programs have been adjusted to better serve the community in a safer manner.

To learn more about summer camps, swimming lessons, adult programs, sports leagues and more, please see the Summer 2020 Action Guide online at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/actionguide. Registration for summer programs is available now!

For a list of open and closed facilities in The Woodlands Township, please visit https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/1495/Re-opening-of-The-Woodlands.

Township Board of Directors to Meet Tomorrow via Videoconference
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors will hold a Special Board Meeting via videoconference on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, with a scheduled time to begin at noon Central Daylight Time. The meeting can be viewed online at http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/778/Meeting-Videos.

During the June 2, 2020, 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 873 7252 0882 # . 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 June 2, 2020 Board meeting. New phone numbers will be issued for each future meeting during the public health pandemic emergency.

Sawdust Park and Ride Facility Resumes Partial Service
Effective today, Monday, June 1, 2020, The Woodlands Township has begun partial service for The Woodlands Express from the Sawdust Park and Ride location.

  • Reduced service from the Research Forest Park and Ride will continue. 
  • Sterling Ridge Park & Ride location will remain temporarily closed.
  • Future announcements will be made if additional schedule adjustments are implemented.
  • Even though reduced, service from Sawdust will include Downtown Houston, the Texas Medical Center, and Greenway Plaza locations. Please view the revised schedule.
  • The midday run back from Texas Medical Center and Downtown to the Sawdust Park and Ride will remain in place.
  • Riders are encouraged to download and use the mobile ticketing app. More information can be found here: https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/1453/Mobile-Ticketing
  • All passengers are highly encouraged to wear masks. All drivers will be wearing face masks while on duty.
  • All buses are being limited to 50% occupancy with spare buses available to ensure plenty of capacity for all passengers for all runs. Other social distancing and enhanced disinfection protocols are also in place. Please visit our Twitter page at https://twitter.com/TownshipTransit for the latest service updates. For schedules, route maps and ticketing information visit www.woodlandstransit.com or call (281) 210-3800 and ask for the Transportation Department.

Try A Water Bike at Riva Row Boat House
The Woodlands Township recently began offering water bikes as a new and exciting rental option at Riva Row Boat House. Water bikes are being added to the many rental options already available at Riva Row, including single and tandem (or double) kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and swan pedal boats. Read more about water bikes at the Riva Row Boat House.

#Township Together
Send us your photos! The Woodlands Township is calling on residents to share images of inspiration within the community. These can be a photo of something seen in the neighborhood, a family project or anything with a positive message. These will be shared through the Township email updates, social media channels and on The Woodlands Township website. Send your photos to TownshipTogether@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

Thinking About a Home Improvement?
Applications for improvements are being reviewed and acted on by Township Covenant Administration staff. Applications can be mailed or submitted online. Please visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/covenants for additional information. Applications can be submitted online to: covad@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

Did You Know?
Donations of gently used items such as clothing and household wares are crucial to charitable organizations. However, when they receive items too worn or soiled for reuse, they have to pay additional dumping fees to dispose of these items. Remember to always donate items in good condition to charitable organizations and textile recycle overly-worn items through the free curbside Simple Recycling program. For a list of local organizations accepting donations, please review this guide and visit Simple Recycling to order bags and get started with the Simple Recycling textile program.

County News

Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, can confirm the number of ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 has decreased to 456 today. That number includes 29 hospitalizations. 484 people have fully recovered. The number of total positive cases has increased 12 since Friday to 966.

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/.

The MCHD/MCPHD COVID-19 Call Center is open for residents needing COVID-19 testing through our voucher program, or for general questions, Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.

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 90 confirmed positive cases with 37 active cases and 77389 has 53 confirmed positive cases with 15 active cases.

Around the Township

Open Stores at Market Street
Several retailers at Market Street are currently open, and more will be opening in the coming weeks. Market Street management notes that individual retailers may require a mask and additional safety requirements upon entry, so customers are encouraged to call ahead to verify hours and guidelines. Visit their website for the list of currently open stores, phone numbers and Market Street’s safety guidelines as it relates to common areas.

Open Stores in The Woodlands Mall
The Woodlands Mall reopened on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.  Visit their website for the list of currently open stores, safety measures and curbside pickup options.

Open Hotels in The Woodlands 
Many of The Woodlands hotel properties are open and ready to welcome you to their location. The Woodlands Resort re-opened on May 20, 2020, and will be open every day. Find all the details on the Resort’s website. The Embassy Suites is opening their doors today, June 1, 2020. Below is a list of all open hotels in The Woodlands at this time. Be sure to stay up to date by viewing Visit The Woodlands.

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 link below to find more information about resources in the community related to COVID-19: http://thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/1491/Community-Resources

Type O blood especially is in demand, and we’re asking you to come in and donate today! Together, we are united in one mission: Saving lives.
With surgeries starting back up at local hospitals, the need for more blood donations is growing daily. Your blood donation is essential to keep the blood supply strong and steady. Without on-going donors, we cannot ensure patients have the blood they need.

You Never Know Whose Life You Might Save
So don’t miss your chance to save lives! Click the underlined link below to reserve your donation appointment. Thank you in advance.

Woodland Oaks Church Of Christ
Sunday, June 7, 2020  
7:30 a.m. to noon
7300 Crownridge (Church Parking Lot)
The Woodlands, TX 77382

The Blood Center is now requiring that donors wear a mask or face covering when at a blood drive. In the case that you do not have one, staff will offer you one. The safety of donors and staff are important to us. Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Red Cross Family Assistance
The American Red Cross has launched a Virtual Family Assistance Center (VFAC) to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Red Cross is here to provide compassion and support to families as they grieve.

To help, the Red Cross has set up a virtual team of specially trained mental health, spiritual care and health services volunteers who are:

  • Connecting with families over the phone to offer condolences, support and access to resources that may be available
  • Providing support for virtual memorial services for families, including connecting with local faith-based community partners
  • Hosting online classes to foster resilience and facilitate coping skills (Coping in Today’s World and Psychological First Aid)
  • Sharing information and referrals to state and local agencies as well as other community organizations including legal resources for estate, custody, immigration or other issues
  • Front-line responders, such as healthcare workers, workers at long-term care facilities, and other essential personnel dealing with families of COVID-19 patients, are welcome to call as well.

All Family Assistance Center support will be provided virtually and is completely confidential and free.

Please visit www.redcross.org/vfac to access a support hub with special virtual programs, information, referrals and services to support families in need. The hub will also connect people to other community resources provided by partners. People without internet access can call 833-492-0094 for help.

Township’s Coronavirus page
The Woodlands Township’s special COVID-19 information page can be found at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/covid19. This page features Montgomery and Harris county Hubs, community resources and updated COVID-19 news from the Federal Government and the CDC. This page also includes the latest news from The Township, updates from partner agencies, social distancing strategies, important links, frequently asked questions, 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.

The Woodlands Township publishes this update to inform residents and businesses regarding the 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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