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The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update – August 3

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The Woodlands Township shared the following COVID-19 Update on Monday, August 3, 2020.

The Woodlands Township Begins Budget Meetings Electronically
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors began holding Budget Workshops 1 and 2 via video conference today at 8:30 a.m. and will continue tomorrow, August 4, 2020, at 8:30 a.m.

The Presentation from the Budget Workshop of the preliminary base budget is available for review and the meetings can be watched online at https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/778/Meeting-Videos.

Board Encourages Residents to Support Local Businesses Responsibly
Township 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 WoodlandsWatch the video here.

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County News

Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count Sees an Increase of 95 Positive Cases
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, confirms two additional deaths related to COVID-19. A hospitalized man in his 20s from Conroe has died. No co-morbidities have been noted in his case. A woman in her 80s from Montgomery has also died in the hospital. She had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19.

The following is also confirmed:

  • TOTAL cases of COVID-19 increased by 95 to 6,291 since Friday’s report.
  • ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 decreased by 95 to 2,316 since Friday’s report.
  • 65 residents are known to be in the hospital, as a result of contact investigations. Contact investigations have not been initiated on all reported cases.
  • 3,734 people have clinically recovered.

Have questions? Please go to https://mcphd-tx.org/ and scroll down to the FAQs. 
Take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

  • Consider staying home unless it is necessary to leave your home.
  • Avoid groups of people.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wear a mask (if it is necessary to leave your home).
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Disinfect surfaces in your car and around your home.

The Public Health Department’s system is still undergoing maintenance, 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 23, 2020, 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. The COVID-19 Call Center’s number is 936-523-3916. It is open Monday-Friday 8a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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 516 confirmed positive cases with 216 active cases, and 77389 has 268 confirmed positive cases with 67 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.

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National News and Guidelines

FDA Urges Consumers Not to Use Certain Hand Sanitizer Products
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.

FDA Answers Questions About COVID-19 and Pets
The 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.

Township News

COVID-19 Case Count Brief from The Woodlands Fire Department
As of Monday, August 3, 2020,  + or – signifies change since previous report.

Montgomery County

  • 6,291 – Confirmed, +95
  • 2,316- Active Cases,  -95
  • 69 – Deaths,  +2
  • 3,734 – Recovered,  +121
  • 65 – Hospitalized,  -1
  • 1,432 – Self isolation or recovery at home, -74                        No data provided today

Harris County 

  • 27,209 – Confirmed, +1214
  • 9,858 – Active Cases, +411
  • 288 – Deaths, +9
  • 17,062 – Recovered, +794

The Woodlands Township Park and Ride
The Woodlands Township offers modified service of The Woodlands Express from the Sawdust and Research Forest Park and Ride locations and is taking every precaution for rider safety. 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.

Around the Township

Safety First When Back to School Shopping 
In The Woodlands, hotels, restaurants, shopping and many of your favorite summer outdoor activities are open with enhanced safety protocols. This is true at The Woodlands Mall and Market Street! You’ll find floor markers encouraging social distancing and designated areas to show that we are #inthistogether and that #thewoodlandscares. To plan your shopping trip in The Woodlands, visit the website for a full Retail Guide. Visit The Woodlands Tip: Many retailers have modified hours, capacities and services, we encourage you to check before you go to ensure your favorite stores are open.

School News

Local School Districts Reopening Plans

  • Conroe ISD will beginthe school year on August 12, 2020, with ALL students in remote/online instruction only. Traditional in-person instruction is scheduled to begin no earlier than September 8, 2020. Read the full message from Dr. Null | Roadmap to Reopening
  • Magnolia ISD will start on August 12, 2020 with ALL students receiving instruction online through Labor Day.Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year
  • Tomball ISD will start the school year on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 with ALL students in remote/virtual instruction onlyReturn to Excellence – Reopening 2020
  • The John Cooper School
  • Lower School – Students will return to campus in small groups on August 13 and 14, 2020 for a safer first entry. Online learning option remains available and will begin on August 17.
  • Middle and Upper School – Students will begin the school year on August 13, 2020 and will gradually return to campus starting the week beginning August 31, 2020. There will be an option as well. School Reopening Update | Reopening Plan
  • The Woodlands Christian Academy –TWCA 2020-2021 Reopening Plan
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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 Community Resources webpage to find more information about resources in the community related to COVID-19.

Clear the Shelter – Gain a Best Friend
This 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 WeRescue24PetWatch 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 Center
The 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 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.

Source: The Woodlands Township

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