Board Encourages Residents to Support Local Businesses ResponsiblyTownship Chairman of the Board Gordy Bunch is encouraging residents to utilize the service of local restaurants that still offer take-out and catering options, as well as patronizing other local businesses, and doing so while wearing face coverings and observing social distancing and adhering to CDC guidelines. Check out a comprehensive list of restaurants and shops at Visit The Woodlands. Watch the video here.
The Woodlands Township Board Met via Videoconference The Woodlands Township Board of Directors held a special meeting via videoconference on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 6 p.m. The Board of Directors discussed the following matters on the Regular Agenda:
The Woodlands Township to hold Budget Meetings ElectronicallyThe Woodlands Township Board of Directors will hold Budget Workshops 1 and 2 via video conference on Monday, August 3, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. and Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. The meetings can be viewed online at http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/778/Meeting-Videos.
Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count Sees an Increase of 119 Positive CasesMontgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, can confirm five additional deaths related to COVID-19. Two hospitalized, a woman in her 60s from Splendora and a man in his 80s from Conroe have died, both had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19. The three out-of-hospital deaths are males, one in his 50s from Porter, one in his 60s and one in his 70s both from New Caney.
Please take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
The Montgomery County Public Health District’s system is undergoing maintenance this week, and updates to the case-by-case list will not be available until further notice. You can view the list of case-by-case updates from Thursday, July 23rd 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. 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 491 confirmed positive cases with 216 active cases, and 77389 has 256 confirmed positive cases with 65 active cases.
FDA Answers Questions About COVID-19 and PetsThe FDA is working to address the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and keep you and your family informed on the latest developments. Visit the FDA’s website for answers to frequently asked questions from consumers about COVID-19 and pets.
Testing in Montgomery CountyA reminder, online registration is now available for COVID-19 testing through the MCPHD/MCHD voucher program. Click on “Need to be tested?” on mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and follow the instructions. Please note, the COVID-19 Call Center at 936-523-3916, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for more information.
Testing in Harris CountyGet 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. Once 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.
COVID-19 Case Count Brief from The Woodlands Fire DepartmentAs of Friday, July 31, 2020, + or – signifies change since previous report.
Montgomery County6,196 – Confirmed, +1192,411 – Active Cases, -5367 – Deaths, +53,613 – Recovered, +16766 – Hospitalized, -31,432 – Self isolation or recovery at home, -74
Harris County 25,995 – Confirmed, +5609,447 – Active Cases, +158279 – Deaths, +516,268 – Recovered, +397
The Woodlands Township Park and RideThe Woodlands Township offers modified service of The Woodlands Express from the Sawdust and Research Forest Park and Ride locations. Be on the lookout for the new #SitSafe Campaign! Please visit our Twitter page for the latest service updates. For schedules, route maps and ticketing information, please visit www.woodlandstransit.com or call 281-210-3800 and ask for the Transportation Department.
Wendtwoods Pool Re-Opens, Forestgate Pool ClosedThe Woodlands Township re-opened Wendtwoods Pool to the public on Monday, July 27, 2020, from 2 to 8 p.m. The pool was temporarily closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Due to the number of lifeguards in quarantine and as outlined in the COVID-19 Pool Closure Prioritization Plan, Forestgate Pool is closed effective July 27, 2020. Read the full release for more information.
Riva Row Boat House Now Open The Woodlands Township has re-opened Riva Row Boat House. Normal operating hours are in effect, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with last boats going out at 7 p.m., closed on Wednesdays only. Read the full release for more information. All safety precautions are being taken at Riva Row Boat House.
Four-Legged Friends Welcome in The WoodlandsAs families enjoy the last few weeks of summer, they are booking last-minute getaways and bringing their dogs along. Many hotels in The Woodlands are pet friendly and offer special amenities just for our furry friends. As locals already know, the natural setting, miles of walking trails and well-appointed dog parks make The Woodlands a great choice for a vacation or a “stay-cation.” Don’t miss the summer hotel specials being offered now!
The Woodlands Farmer’s Market Open Tomorrow 8 a.m. to NoonCome enjoy produce, meats, artisan goods, health and beauty, knife sharpening, snacks and so much more. The market continues to have the same precautions in place: prohibited consumption of food/beverage in the market, a changed layout to allow for maximum social distancing and a requirement that masks to be worn by patrons and vendors. Vendors will also assist with purchases (please avoid touching the product), and set up hand sanitizing stations.
Staying Healthy and Avoiding MosquitoesMosquito surveillance has identified five mosquito samples positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Montgomery County. The next two weeks continue the typical peak of WNV activity in the mosquito population; please be vigilant in taking personal protective measures. Everyone is advised to wear repellent when outdoors and WNV is known to be circulating. This is especially true if someone:
There has been one reported human case of WNV in north Texas, according to the state press release. Access the treatment map and schedule for South Montgomery County here and for Harris County here.
Local School Districts Reopening Plans
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.
Clear the Shelter – Gain a Best FriendThis year Clear the Shelters is a month-long event taking place from August 1 – August 31, 2020. All pet adoption fees have been waived. NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear The Shelters nationwide pet adoption campaign returns for a sixth consecutive year in August 2020 and this year with sponsors such as WeRescue, 24PetWatch and greatergood.org. Please visit ClearTheShelters.com for more information.Adoptions are by appointment only to maintain social distances. To adopt an animal please visit the Montgomery County Animal Services webpage to schedule a time.View Adoptable Dogs | View Adoptable Cats
Community Assistance CenterThe Montgomery County Community Assistance Center (CAC) is seeking help through monetary and in-kind donations and through volunteers. The CAC front office is open for food and clothing assistance but with limited contact. View the CAC Services flyer | View the CAC How You Can Help flyer.
Township’s Coronavirus PageThe 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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