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The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update – October 13

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The Woodlands Township shared the following COVID-19 Update on Tuesday, October 13.

Keep Up with Best Practices During the Pandemic at CDC.GOV
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Montgomery County COVID-19 Case Count October 13, 2020
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, can confirm the following update related to COVID-19.

  • TOTAL cases of COVID-19 increased by 131 to 12,496 since yesterday’s (10/12) report.
    • They have continued to process cases that were reported to The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) directly by healthcare providers and entered into the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS). Out of the 131 new cases today, 22 were tested prior to 8/28.
  • ACTIVE cases of COVID-19 increased by 158 to 1,756 since yesterday’s (10/12) report.
  • 24 residents are known, as a result of contact investigations, to be in the hospital. Contact investigations have not been initiated on all reported cases.
  • 8,183 people have clinically recovered.
The Woodlands Township COVID-19 Update, Tuesday, October 13, 2020

*These numbers include PCR and rapid antigen testing. Antibody testing results are not included. Have questions? Please go to https://mcphd-tx.org/ and scroll down to the FAQs.

You can find more information on the SETRAC website.

Take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

  • If your children have started in-person school, teach them proper hygiene and the correct way to wear a mask. Encourage them to never share masks with others.
  • 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.

You can view the case-by-case updates on the MCPHD website here. You can refer to the dashboard here.

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 1,250 confirmed positive cases with 67 active cases, and 77389 has 653 confirmed positive cases with 29 active cases.
COVID-19 Case Count Brief from The Woodlands Fire Department
As of Tuesday, October 13, 2020, + or – signifies change since previous report.
Montgomery County
13,496 – Confirmed, +131 (109 newly tested, 22 tested prior to 8/28/2020)
1,756 – Active Cases, -158
143 – Deaths, NC
8,183 – Recovered, +66
24 – Hospitalized, NC
Harris County
72,674 – Confirmed, +208
3,019 – Active Cases, +36
834 – Deaths, +15
68,815 – Recovered, +156
Get Tested for COVID-19
Montgomery County residents may sign up online for Free COVID-19 testing at https://www.mchd-tx.org. Call 936-523-3916 for more information.
Harris County residents may also sign up for free COVID-19 testing online at hcphtx.org. Call 832-927-7575 for more information.

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State and National News

Governor Encourages Health Care Providers to Enroll in Immunization Program
On October 7, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott encouraged Texas health care providers to enroll in the Texas Department of State Health Services’ (DSHS) Immunization Program to be eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccines once they are available. Hospitals, medical practices, pharmacies, and long-term care facilities that want to participate are required to enroll as vaccine providers at EnrollTexasIZ.dshs.texas.gov to administer COVID-19 immunizations in Texas. Read the full release.

Governor Issues Order to Open Bars in Qualifying Counties

On October 7, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order to open bars and similar establishments at up to 50 percent capacity in conjunction with county officials. In hospital regions with low COVID-19 hospitalizations, County Judges will be able to opt their county into opening bars beginning October 14, 2020, provided they assist in enforcing health protocols.
The Governor’s Executive Order also increases the occupancy levels for all business establishments other than bars to 75 percent. Read the full release.
Additionally, the Governor released a web video with his Executive Order, encouraging Texans to continue following best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in their communities.

The Federal Trade Commission Chairman is Not Writing to You
If you saw an email from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons, it wasn’t. From him, that is. Scammers pretending to be him are emailing, though. If you get an email from the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission about getting money because of an inheritance or relief funds related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic — or anything else
— do not respond.

It’s a Good Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine
While the United States remains focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to also be aware of flu season as we approach winter. Flu viruses typically spread in fall and winter, with activity peaking between December and February. Getting vaccinated now can lower your chances of
getting the flu.
Flu (influenza) is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. The flu vaccines approved by the FDA provide important benefits and are your best defense from flu and its potential complications. Learn more from the FDA.

Travel Confidently this Fall
A healthy and safe travel experience is a shared responsibility. When we all do our part, we can all #TravelConfidently. Join travel businesses across the industry and commit to doing your part to provide a safe travel experience. Watch a short video on traveling safely during the pandemic and learn more from the U.S. Travel Association.

Staying Safe in Public: Social Bubbles
Social bubbles offer an opportunity to socialize in close proximity with a small group of people. A social bubble is a group of people who treat each other as safe or low risk.
People in the social bubble will have regular contact with each other and will take precautions with others outside of the social bubble. Keep your social bubble to 10 or fewer can help reduce exposure to COVID-19. The ideal social bubble should only include members of your household.

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Township’s Coronavirus Page
The Woodlands Township’s COVID-19 page can be found at www.thewoodlandstownshiptx.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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