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Posted on: June 3, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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Township Spraygrounds are Now Open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Woodlands Township’s spraygrounds are now open for the 2020 season. The Township has five spraygrounds, also called splash pads, which are open for the season, from June 3 through October 31, 2020, operating 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Pictured above are Timarron and Creekside Village Green Splash Pads.

Spraygrounds combine the fun of water play for children without the danger of standing water, making them ideal for young families and weak swimmers. All Township spraygrounds utilize sanitized, chemically-treated water that is tested and monitored daily. The park amenities are not sanitized and residents are asked to respectfully follow all posted rules for their safety. Learn more about the spraygrounds for cool summer fun.

Seven Township Pools Open Saturday
Pool season is set to begin on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Season pool passes and lower daily rates apply this summer. Season passes are valid for entry into all open pools unless capacity has been met for the day, according to State of Texas orders. Rigid safety procedures have been put into place as well as capacity limits. Please be aware that having a pool pass does not supersede daily admission when addressing capacity limits at the pools. Pro-rations and refunds will not be issued due to the limited number of pools and/or State or other guidelines that may require pools to be closed. Please get more information here

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.

Sawdust Park and Ride Facility Resumes Partial Service
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 and 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?
Plastic bags are the number-one contaminant found in the Township’s curbside recycling program. Please keep them out of your recycle cart and take all clean, dry plastic bags and film back to the grocery store. Please take a look at a list of plastic wrap recycling guidelines and accepting stores.

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 458 today. That number includes 28 hospitalizations. 549 people have fully recovered. The number of total positive cases has increased 23 since yesterday to 1,033.

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 the voucher program, or for general questions, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 936-523-5040. Beginning Monday, June 8th, the Call Center hours will change to Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

One of our partners in the voucher program, America’s ER, will move its drive-thru testing site beginning Friday to its standing ER location on FM 2978 at Research Forest in Magnolia. Starting Friday, you must make an appointment at this site before obtaining a test. For the remainder of Wednesday and Thursday, you can still obtain a test at WoodsEdge Church after calling the Call Center to obtain a voucher. For more information, call 936-523-5040.

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 94 confirmed positive cases with 40 active cases and 77389 has 57 confirmed positive cases with 18 active cases.

National News

Third Named Storm Cristobal Forms, Possible Impacts Later This Week
There is currently no significant change to Tropical Storm Cristobal forecast. The storm is expected to begin to move northward toward the center of the Gulf on Friday. It is still too early to have confidence in a specific track or intensity, but residents along the northern Gulf Coast should monitor closely for the possibility of impacts late in the weekend and into early next week. Tropical Storm Cristobal at 10 a.m. had maximum sustained winds at 60 mph and was moving SSE at 3 mph. Cristobal is expected to drift over the Yucatan through Friday morning. The northern Gulf coast land areas are not expected to see wind impacts until Sunday; with the chance of tropical storm force winds arriving at some point through 7 a.m. on Monday morning.

State News

On June 3, 2020, Governor Abbott released an updated order allowing indoor venues to open to meetings and events at up to 50 percent occupancy, effective immediately. The order, accessible here, provides for the following occupancy limits:

  • Indoor meeting space: 50 percent occupancy limit, provided six-feet distancing is maintained between parties.
  • Outdoor meeting space: no occupancy limit outdoors provided six-feet distancing is maintained.
  • Restaurants: 50 percent occupancy limit indoors, no occupancy limit on outdoor areas, provided six-feet distancing is maintained. Additionally, restaurants may increase to 75 percent occupancy effective June 12.
  • Swimming pools (indoor or outdoor): 50 percent occupancy limit.
  • Water parks: 50 percent occupancy limit.
  • Bars: 50 percent occupancy limit indoors, no limit outdoors provided six-feet distancing is maintained. Additionally, indoor bars may only serve customers who are seated.
  • Amusement parks: 50 percent occupancy, but cannot operate before June 19 if in a county with more than 1,000 cases of COVID.
  • Outdoor gatherings in excess of 500 people: Local officials may impose further restrictions.
  • Valet parking services may resume in full.

View the Executive Order.

Around the Township

Ready to be out and about? Check out the great outdoor options that The Woodlands has for you and enjoy an evening out. 

The Woodlands Farmer’s Market Now Open Saturday Mornings from 8 a.m. to noon
The Woodlands Farmer’s Market has re-opened! Customers are encouraged to check the website, Facebook page or newsletter for definite details including phases in which the market will open, participating vendors, and best practices for visitors.

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 opened its doors on Monday, 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 https://www.redcross.org/virtual-family-assistance-center.html 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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