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Posted on: June 5, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Friday, June 5, 2020

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Seven Township Pools Open Tomorrow
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 see more information here. Sawmill Pool is pictured above.

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 is the Shadowbend Park Sprayground.

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.

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 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.

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.

Did You Know?
It takes 10-15 gallons of water to wash dishes by hand but only 9-12 gallons using a dishwasher. Please remember that water conservation begins at home, and it’s a good idea to learn more water-wise tips now.

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, is saddened to confirm the county’s 28th death related to COVID-19. A man in his 60s, from Conroe, died while in the hospital. We offer our deepest condolences to his family at this time.

We can also confirm the number of ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 has decreased to 442 today. That number includes 13 hospitalizations. 594 people have fully recovered. The number of total positive cases has increased 11 since yesterday to 1,064. 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 next update will be Monday, June 8, 2020.

The MCHD/MCPHD COVID-19 Call Center is open for residents needing COVID-19 testing through their voucher program, or for general questions, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 936-523-5040. Beginning this Monday, June 8, 2020, the Call Center hours will change to Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

There are three locations available to receive testing through their voucher program, now by appointment only.

WITH OR WITHOUT SYMPTOMS:

  • Woodlands Family Functional Medicine|8000 McBeth Way #190 | Spring, TX 77382
  • America’s ER – Magnolia | 32784 FM 2978 | Magnolia, TX 77354

WITH SYMPTOMS ONLY:

  • Lone Star Family Health Center | 605 S. Conroe Medical Dr. | Conroe, TX 77304

Kroger has announced two additional testing sites June 11-13, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lone Star Community Center, 2500 Lone Star Pkwy Montgomery, TX 77356, and June 22 to 24, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 9333 Airport Rd, Conroe, TX 77303. Kroger asks that you register online to expedite the testing process at krogerhealth.com/covidtesting. If you are not able to register online, Kroger will be able to register you on site.

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 98 confirmed positive cases with 43 active cases, and 77389 has 61 confirmed positive cases with 21 active cases.

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 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.

National News

Third Named Storm Cristobal and Possible Impacts 
Cristobal has strengthened back to a tropical storm, and is beginning to move north. Landfall is expected to be Sunday afternoon or evening along the Louisiana coast. Locally, not much rain is expected, 1-2 inches is possible across far east Texas areas Sunday through Monday. As Cristobal moves north away from the region on Tuesday, heat will build across southeast Texas. Temperatures are expected to reach 105-110 across much of the area. Heat is typically the leading cause of weather-related fatalities each year. Heat waves have the potential to cover a large area, exposing a high number of people and animals to a hazardous combination of heat and humidity, which can be very taxing on the body. Learn how to stay safe during a heat wave at www.weather.gov/heat.

Tips from FEMA: Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies
As communities around the country follow stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), many people may have welcomed new pets into their homes! While enjoying quality time with your pets, we encourage you to prepare by considering your pet in your emergency planning.

Consider the following to ensure that you and your pets are prepared in case of an emergency:

  • Include your pets in your emergency plans. Remember that what is typically best for you is typically best for your pet, too;
  • Build a separate emergency kit for your pets. Ensure you include food, water, medicine, a favorite toy, and other essential items;
  • Be sure to keep digital records, such as medical and veterinary information, and pictures that you can use to identify your pet after a disaster in case you become separated; and
  • Create a list of places, such as pet-friendly hotels, boarding facilities, or veterinary offices, that accept pets if an emergency happens and you need to leave your home. Keep in mind that, with the current COVID-19 pandemic, many hotels or shelters may be operating under new guidelines. Be sure to research current rules for your state and city.

To learn more about pet preparedness and find tips and tools for both pet and large animal owners, please visit https://www.ready.gov/pets.

Around the Township

Outdoor Dining
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.

The Woodlands Farmer’s Market will be implementing the following prudent best practices (which may be subject to change):

TO MINIMIZE RISK TO ALL AND SLOW THE SPREAD, PLEASE

  • If you are feeling ill, do not enter
  • Masks are required for all
  • In and out quickly, no lingering
  • Sanitize hands before entering market
  • Follow social distancing – 6 feet apart
  • Please do not touch products, vendors will help you
  • Preorder and pay online when possible
  • Pay by card or exact change
  • No pets, unless you have a service animal
  • Please leave children at home
  • Avoid groups or gathering of more than 2
  • No food or drink at the market

The market will have a different layout in order to promote social distancing for customers and vendors. Instead of having two aisles with the vendors facing each other, the vendors will be in a rectangle with the customers walking on the outside. There will be hand sanitizer stands and markers to help customers.  

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.

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.

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

Give Blood
Type O blood especially is in demand. 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. 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, the staff will offer you one. Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated. Please visit www.giveblood.org.

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.

Thank You
Thank you for subscribing to The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Updates. Our next publication is expected on Monday, June 8, 2020.

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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