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Posted on: July 9, 2020

The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count 
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, can regrettably confirm two additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 40. A woman in her 70s, from Spring, and a man in his 70s, from Willis, died in the hospital. Both had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19. We offer our condolences to both families at this time.

We can also confirm the total number of COVID-19 cases increased by 92 to 2,876 cases in Montgomery County. ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 decreased to 1,000. Of the 1,000 active cases who are Montgomery County residents, 36 are in the hospital. 1,836 people have fully recovered.

Take the steps needed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Avoid groups of people. Wear a mask (if it is necessary to be in public), wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, disinfect surfaces in your car and around your home, and practice social distancing. We have the power to keep businesses and restaurants open.

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/.

Testing in Montgomery County
Just a 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. Call the COVID-19 Call Center at 936-523-5040, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for more information.

COVID-19 testing is also available starting Friday at 9 a.m. located at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. This testing site will be open from July 10 through July 13, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents who would like to be tested must register either online at www.txcovidtest.org or by phone at 512-883-2400.

Online Registration for COVID-19 Testing Now Available
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with Montgomery County Hospital District, has announced that online registration is now available to receive a voucher for COVID-19 testing through both MCPHD and MCHD. Testing is available for both symptomatic and asymptomatic people who would like to be tested. You must be a Montgomery County resident to be eligible for a voucher; each resident can receive only one voucher.

  • STEP ONE: Go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on “Need to be tested?”
  • STEP TWO: Fill out the information.
  • STEP THREE: Check your email for the voucher.
  • STEP FOUR: Make an appointment at your testing center of choice based on information you receive in the email.
  • STEP FIVE: Get tested! The testing center of your choice will notify you of the result.

For more information, the MCHD/MCPHD COVID-19 Call Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please call 936-523-5040. Read more about online voucher registration.

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 288 confirmed positive cases with 146 active cases, and 77389 has 176 confirmed positive cases with 65 active cases.

Testing in Harris County
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. 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.

State News

Governor Issues Proclamation Expanding Hospital Capacity
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a Proclamation suspending elective surgeries in hospitals in all counties located within 11 Trauma Service Areas (TSAs) in Texas. Under his Proclamation, the Governor directs all hospitals in these counties to postpone surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition. We must all come together and continue to practice social distancing, wear a face covering in public, and stay home when possible.  View the Governor’s Proclamation.

Governor Issues Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Limits Gatherings
Governor Greg Abbott has issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than 10 and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.

Additionally, the Governor released a new video message to coincide with his Executive Order, encouraging Texans to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep their communities safe. The video can be downloaded at this link and can also be viewed on YouTube.

View the Governor’s Executive Order. | View the Governor’s Proclamation.

Texas Municipal League Coronavirus Update
Thanks to the Texas Municipal League for providing the following questions and answers related to schools and the economy.

Where can I find detailed data regarding the spread of COVID-19 and the impact on our community and local economy?
The Texas nonprofit organization Texas 2036 has created a Texas COVID-19 Tracking Resource that incorporates, among other things, public health data, economic data, and even community mobility reports from Google. In addition, the application includes information related to federal COVID-19 funding received by cities and counties. Interested city officials can view much of this data both at the state and county level.

As a reminder, Texas Department of State Health Services maintains an interactive COVID-19 Case Dashboard that shows all sorts of figures related to the virus, including data by county and case demographics. The dashboard is updated daily.

What is the latest on how the pandemic will affect public schools in the fall?
On July 7, 2020, the Texas Education Agency released health guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year. Although the guidance is subject to change depending on the trajectory of the pandemic’s impact in Texas, the document represents the clearest statement yet to local school districts on how to handle instruction in the fall. Among other things, the guidance requires school districts to offer daily on-campus instruction, but also allows parents to opt-in to virtual instruction from a school district that offers it. Additionally, schools must comply with Governor Abbott’s recent executive order on masks, should it still be in effect during the school year.

Township News

Chairman Bunch Discusses the Importance of Wearing a Face Covering 
As the number of cases of COVID-19 continue to increase both in Harris and Montgomery counties, please take a look at the importance of wearing a face covering from Township Chairman Gordy Bunch. Watch the video.

Lakes Edge Boat House Re-Opens; Riva Row Boat House to Remain Closed for Two Weeks 
Lakes Edge Boat House re-opened yesterday, July 8, 2020 and will remain open during normal operating hours, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with last boats going out at 7 p.m. every day except Tuesdays. However, Riva Row Boat House will remain closed for the next two weeks due a significant portion of the staff that has been self-quarantined as a precautionary measure.

Town Center Trolleys Resume Service 
The Woodlands Township resumed full service for the Town Center Trolleys on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. This includes all four trolleys operating the normal route and stops, seven days a week. Current capacity is limited by half.

Due to COVID-19 safety measures, trolleys will be wiped with disinfectant throughout the day and will undergo a thorough disinfection process at the end of each service day. All drivers will be required to wear face coverings. Passengers are also highly encouraged to wear face coverings. View the complete release.

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.

Did You Know?
COVID-19 has not affected the mosquito population, and this year, several areas of The Woodlands have already been identified as having mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus. Everyone is advised to wear repellent when outdoors and West Nile virus is known to be circulating. You can access the treatment map that shows where mosquito spraying has occurred and the schedule for South Montgomery County here and for Harris County here.

While there have been no human cases reported in The Woodlands as of yet, there has been a moderate increase in mosquito disease activity across multiple zones and villages – please be vigilant in taking personal protective measures. Arm yourself to FIGHT THE BITE with the latest mosquito-proofing tips.

Around the Township

Open Hotels in The Woodlands 
Westin and The Woodlands Waterway Marriott both re-opened last week. 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 Westin at The Woodlands |  The Woodlands Resort | The Woodlands Waterway Marriott

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

Blood Drives at the YMCA

  • Donate July 10 and 13, 2020, and pre-register at giveblood.org.
  • If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days, we ask you to please not try to donate.
  • 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.
  • 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.)

July 10, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Woodlands Family YMCA at Shadowbend
6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Schedule Your Appointment

 July 13, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Woodlands Family YMCA at Shadowbend
6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Schedule Your Appointment

 July 13, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Woodlands Family YMCA at Branch Crossing
8100 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands, TX 77382
Schedule Your Appointment

Township to Host Salute to First Responders Blood Drive
Visit The Woodlands Township (1201 Technology Forest Blvd.) on Thursday, July 16, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to donate blood. Please consider this opportunity to express your gratitude to our first responders who continue to serve our community and receive a FREE beach towel with your successful donation!

Donors with appointments will be honored first; however, walk-ins will be taken when a station is open. Visit the Gulf Coast website to schedule your appointment.

The Gulf Coast Blood Center will take precautions to ensure your safety and is offering FREE COVID-19 antibody testing for all successful donors. Donors will be required to wear a mask. Participants waiting outside of their vehicle will be required to follow social distance guidelines.

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 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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