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Posted on: June 16, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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Mobile Testing for COVID-19 in Sterling Ridge
A mobile testing site will be coming to the Sterling Ridge Park and Ride, located at 8001 McBeth Way in The Woodlands, TX, 77382, from June 18 through June 21, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This testing site is free, but an appointment is needed. An appointment can be made by calling 512-883-2400 or completed online at txcovidtest.org.

The Woodlands Township to hold Regular Board of Directors Meeting Electronically
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting via videoconference on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 6 p.m. The meeting can be viewed online at http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/778/Meeting-Videos.

State News

Governor Greg Abbott held  a press conference today providing an update on statewide hospital capacity. The Governor’s message is that Texas has abundant hospital capacity and can continue to remain open while continuing efforts to contain and treat COVID-19. The Governor reiterated the need to evaluate the reasons behind recent increases in reported hospitalization numbers. For example, he provided several examples of significant increases in positive cases where additional testing in congregant settings (assisted living, jails, etc.) has occurred. Nearly all assisted living facilities in the state have been tested and a majority of the jails and prisons have as well.

The state uses a five-level system for indicating hospital capacity with 5 being the least threat to capacity (normal hospital staffing/operations) and 1 being the highest (requiring outside hospital capacity such as mobile hospital units, conventions centers, etc.). Texas continues to operate at Level 5 with all current hospitalizations being treated within normal hospital operations and staffing.

The state has noted an increase in positive tests in those under 30. The governor indicated it is suspected this age group is visiting bars and interacting in more group settings than others. As such, the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Control has indicated to licensees that a violation of current guidelines will result in a 30-day suspension of a liquor license and a second violation will result in a 60-day suspension of a liquor license.

The Governor and his team continued to reiterate the need to practice good health practices like wearing masks, maintaining good hand hygiene, social distancing and remaining home when possible.

County News

Harris County Announces New COVID-19 Public Threat Level System Tool
Similar to other threat assessment tools, the system has color-coded "levels," each providing guidance to the ability of public health to address virus spread and recommended levels of activity individuals should have. The system has four levels: 1-Severe, Stay Home, Work Safe (Red); 2-Significant, Minimize All Contacts (Orange); 3-Moderate, Stay Vigilant (Yellow) and 4-Minimal, Resume Normal Contacts (Green).

Harris County is at Level 2, Significant (Orange). The Woodlands residents in the Village of Creekside Park reside in Harris County.

Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, confirms the number of ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 has increased to 538 today. That number includes 7 hospitalizations of Montgomery County residents and 788 people that have fully recovered. The number of total positive cases has increased 59 since Monday to 1,359.

Just a reminder, hospitals in our region are seeing an increase in COVID-19 patients, so it is imperative for Montgomery County residents to continue abiding by CDC guidelines when in public places. If you do not feel well, stay home. The CDC recommends the following measures when you are in a public place:

  • Stay at least six feet from others at all times.
  • Wear a cloth face covering to help protect yourself and others.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to use if soap and water are not available.

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 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please call 936-523-5040 for more information.

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/.

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 121 confirmed positive cases with 43 active cases, and 77389 has 97 confirmed positive cases with 38 active cases.

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) COVID-19 Testing
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 on getting tested. Once you are 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.

Around the Township

Blood Donations Needed Now|Donate June 15-30, 2020, and pick up a T-shirt as a thank you for helping us save lives. Visit giveblood.org to schedule your appointment. Since 1 in 20 people donate, only 5% of the population is saving lives. Here’s your chance to be part of the 5%.

BE A HERO! CHANGE SOMEONE’S LIFE.

The Woodlands Family YMCA at Branch Crossing (click link to schedule appointment)
Friday, June 19, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
8100 Ashlane Way | The Woodlands, TX 77382 | Donor Coach

All successful blood donors will receive a FREE COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST. (This test is authorized by the FDA only for detecting the presence of antibodies against SARS-Co V-2, and is not intended for diagnosis of COVID-19.)

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.

Township Summer Programs Now Available
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!

Re-Opening of The Woodlands
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
During the past few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents have shared a number of examples of inspiration seen throughout the community. Some are chalk drawings on sidewalks, banners, signs of thanks, painted rocks and many other creations. These can be viewed on The Woodlands Township website. If you’ve found something inspirational, please share by sending your photo to TownshipTogether@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

Did You Know?
Did you know that 70 percent of all bee species live underground? These crucial pollinators need bare ground, piles of leaves or hollow logs and plants for shelter. Next time you clean up the yard, be sure to leave a place for them to call home. Get to know more about our native bees and wasps to better understand their importance to the community.

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.

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.

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. 

Open Hotels in The Woodlands 
Many of The Woodlands hotel properties are open and ready to welcome you to their location. The Courtyard The Woodlands will be re-opening their doors on June 15, 2020. Be sure to stay up to date by viewing Visit The Woodlands.

Best Western Plus | Candlewood Suites | Drury Inn The Woodlands | Embassy Suites | Fairfield Inn and Suites | Hilton Garden Inn | Hyatt Place | Residence Inn Lakefront Drive | Residence Inn Market Street | The Woodlands Resort

National News

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. 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.

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

Free Mental and Emotional Help is Available Now
The COVID-19 Crisis Counseling Program is designed to aid individuals living through the COVID-19 crisis in understanding their reactions, reviewing their options, and connecting with agencies and organizations to assist in improving their situations. Crisis counselors will be able to provide active listening while offering reassurance and practical assistance through psycho-education and emotional support. They will also teach behavioral techniques for coping with stress, anxiety, depression, etc. that may arise during this time.  The program is offered FREE of charge to anyone in the community. All age groups are welcome. Get more information on this program now.

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.


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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