COVID-19 Updates: Saturday, May 23, 2020

By: The Woodlands Township
| Published 05/23/2020

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THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Memorial Day pays tribute to all military service men and women who lost their lives while serving the United States. The Township gives thanks to all who have served and encourages everyone to celebrate safely. The traditional Memorial Day in The Woodlands event will not be held due to social distancing, limited number of gatherings and more due to COVID-19. Please remember that fireworks of any kind, including sparklers, are not permitted in The Woodlands.

The Woodlands Township has been closely following the governor’s orders for re-opening The Woodlands and making decisions in weekly meetings. Watch a video as Township Chairman Gordy Bunch talks about the process during the COVID-19 crisis.

Board of Directors Met Thursday via Videoconference
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors held a Special Budget Meeting via videoconference on Thursday, May 21, 2020. In the meeting, the Board received a report from the Budget Task Force regarding recommended changes to the 2020 Budget due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board also held a regular meeting at 6 p.m. to discuss the re-opening of certain Township parks and recreation facilities, pools and more based upon the guidelines provided by Governor Abbott for the re-opening of Texas. The Board also received recommendations for potential plans for the Township's annual Fourth of July event.
For ongoing updates regarding re-openings in The Woodlands, please visit https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/1495/Re-opening-of-The-Woodlands.

Try A Water Bike at Riva Row Boat House
The Woodlands Township began offering water bikes as a new and exciting rental option at Riva Row Boat House on May 21, 2020. 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. “We are happy to announce this new addition of water bikes to the Riva Row Boat House – especially now that we are entering Phase Two of the Governor’s orders of Opening Up Texas,” stated Township Chairman Gordy Bunch. “We look forward to our residents coming out and enjoying the outdoors in The Woodlands.”

These fun additions to The Woodlands Waterway are positioned in the lower level of The Waterway, and riders will be able to explore the area from Riva Row Park all the way out to the edge of Lake Woodlands, passing the Grogan’s Mill Bridge and East Shore, and discovering Mitchell Island on the way. Read more about water bikes at the Riva Row Boat House.

County News
Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count
For the latest available numbers, please view the case-by-case list via the MCPHD website here: https://mcphd-tx.org/coronavirus-covid-19/confirmed-cases/. Please refer to the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management 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.

CDC Reaffirms Virus Spreads More Through Person-to-Person and Not Surfaces
According to the CDC, social distancing is still the most important method of avoiding the COVID-19 virus, and residents are urged to understand how the virus is thought to spread:

Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Read more information on the spread of COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

#TownshipTogether
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.

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

Did You Know?
Many of the Township parks and amenities are now open! This includes BMX parks, disc golf, the archery range (pictured above), dog parks and more. Proper social distancing, face coverings and hand-washing are still encouraged. The archery range shown above is at the Rec Center at Rob Fleming Park.

Open Stores at Market Street
Several retailers at Market Street are currently open with more opening in the coming weeks. Market Street management notes that individual retailers may require a mask and additional safety requirements upon entry, so customers are encouraged to call ahead to verify hours and guidelines. Visit their website for the list of currently open stores, phone numbers and Market Street's safety guidelines as it relates to common areas.


Open Stores in The Woodlands Mall
The Woodlands Mall reopened on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Visit their website for the list of currently open stores, safety measures and curbside pickup options.

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, including Memorial Day. Find all the details on the Resort’s website. The Embassy Suites is opening their doors on 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.

Best Western Plus
Candlewood Suites
Drury Inn The Woodlands
Hilton Garden Inn
Hyatt Place
Residence Inn Lakefront Drive
Residence Inn Market Street

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.

Red Cross Family Assistance
The American Red Cross has launched a Virtual Family Assistance Center (VFAC) to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Red Cross is here to provide compassion and support to families as they grieve.

To help, the Red Cross has set up a virtual team of specially trained mental health, spiritual care and health services volunteers who are:
Connecting with families over the phone to offer condolences, support and access to resources that may be available
Providing support for virtual memorial services for families, including connecting with local faith-based community partners
Hosting online classes to foster resilience and facilitate coping skills (Coping in Today’s World and Psychological First Aid)
Sharing information and referrals to state and local agencies as well as other community organizations including legal resources for estate, custody, immigration or other issues
Front-line responders, such as healthcare workers, workers at long-term care facilities, and other essential personnel dealing with families of COVID-19 patients, are welcome to call as well.
All Family Assistance Center support will be provided virtually and is completely confidential and free.

Please visit www.redcross.org/vfac to access a support hub with special virtual programs, information, referrals and services to support families in need. The hub will also connect people to other community resources provided by partners. People without internet access can call 833-492-0094 for help.

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.

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