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Planning in a pandemic School districts, private schools weigh options against public health concerns

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The Woodlands-area public school districts planned to begin the 2020-21 school year with tentative in-person options available starting in September.

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School districts in The Woodlands area scrambled in July to come up with a plan for the 2020-21 school year amid changing guidelines from the Texas Edu- cation Agency, with three districts planning to push back in-person learning oerings to September in light of continued COVID-19 case growth. While coronavirus case counts continued to rise in July in Montgomery and Harris counties, Conroe, Tomball and Magnolia ISDs announced they would take advantage of TEA guidelines released July 15 allowing districts to oer online-only classes for the ˆrst four weeks of the school year. As of press time, in-person learning was not expected to begin for CISD or MISD students until at least Sept. 8 and for TISD students until Sept. 15. Beyond that, the future of in-person instruction this

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The Woodlands-area schools will not open for in-person classes until at least early September.

Whetherwe are able to beginoering traditional in- person instructionwill depend onwhether our community is able tomaintain a signicant reduction in cases. Curtis Null, Conroe ISD superintendent

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Following more than four months of rising coronavirus cases, area hospitals col- laborated to handle a surge in cases in July, while Montgomery County oŒcials did not call for more stringent restrictions to enforce statewide public health orders. While COVID-19 hospitalizations began decreasing in some hospitals in late July, Montgomery County reported cases in six ZIP codes around The Woodlands area CONTINUED ON 46 July case surge sparks local response BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN & BEN THOMPSON

Cases rise Along with Montgomery County as a whole, ZIP codes in The Woodlands area each saw at least a 50% jump in coronavirus cases during July.

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FROMNICOLE: I can only imagine the di‘cult decisions that our educators and government o‘cials are having to make during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, the decision was made for schools to start not traditionally in person but at home until at least Labor Day to help control the spread of the virus. Read more on that decision and what the beginning of the 2020-21 school year will look like in our cover story on education this month. Nicole Preston, GENERALMANAGER

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Local events and things to do TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES 15 Robinson Road, Lake Woodlands Drive GOVERNMENT 21 Drainage improvement projects planned ECONOMY 25 PPP loans help local businesses PEOPLE 35 Je‚ Jones, The Woodlands president and general manager BUSINESS FEATURE 37 Blazing Bins

FROMVANESSA: As the pandemic enters its sixth month in Texas, local e–orts to combat COVID-19 include ramping up contact tracing (see Page 23), in which personnel are deployed to nd those at risk of infection through close contact with known positive cases. We also look at how Paycheck Protection Program loans have helped struggling businesses and nonprots in our area (see Page 25) as well as what the fall semester looks like at Lone Star College (see Page 28). Vanessa Holt, EDITOR

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and infusion treatments as well as X-rays. Millennium Physicians op- erates more than a dozen facilities throughout the Greater Houston area, including several o”ces in Shenando- ah and The Woodlands. 281-315-8130. www.millenniumphysicians.com 6 Harper’s Preserve Dentistry , a new dentist’s o”ce east of I-45, opened at 10160 Hwy. 242, Ste. 100, Conroe, on July 29. Services including full exams, X-rays, extractions, crowns, ‘llings and whitening are available under general dentist Tyler Orn. 936-647-1232. www.harperspreservedentistry.com 7 Vogue Rugs held its grand opening in The Woodlands on Aug. 1. The rug retailer at 1590 Lake Woodlands Drive oŠers both hand-knotted and machine-made rugs in a variety of styles in addition to repair and cleaning services. 281-719-7483. www.vogue-rugs.com The newest franchise of the national business training company The Growth Coach opened for service in northwest Houston in July. The Growth Coach of Spring, serving Spring, The Woodlands and surrounding communities, launched under franchisee Robert Osborne on July 1. The Growth Coach oŠers remote group and one-on-one instructional programming for managers, sales professionals and other business professionals. 832-212-9774. www.thegrowthcoachspringtx.com COMING SOON 8 Owner William Maier plans to open Blessings Assisted Living Home , a new assisted-living facility, at 29314 Brookchase Drive, Spring. Maier

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NOWOPEN 1 A new Hawaiian-style eatery, Poke Chef , launched May 5 at the Pinecroft Center. The restaurant at 1440 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. H, The Woodlands, is now serving a selection of sushi burritos alongside both signature and build-your-own poke bowls. 832-663-9351. www.pokechef.com 2 Crust Pizza Co. began taking orders at its newest branch in Harper’s Preserve, located at 10160 Hwy. 242, Ste. 1500, Conroe, on July 6. Customers can order a variety of gourmet pizzas,

with a new featured pizza each month, or build their own. The restaurant also oŠers salads, pastas, subs and desserts. 936-266-7650. www.crustpizzaco.com 3 The national retailer Pet Supplies Plus opened a new location north of The Woodlands on May 22. The store, located at 4130 FM 1488, Ste. 110, Conroe, oŠers a variety of merchandise for pets, including food, toys, safety gear and other equipment. Pet washing stations, grooming areas, pet consultations and veterinary services, and contactless curbside pickup are also oŠered. Products are available for dogs, cats,

reptiles, ‘sh and birds. 936-231-8991. www.petsuppliesplus.com 4 India Bazaar of The Woodlands , located at 387 Sawdust Road, Ste. D, Spring, opened June 12. The Indian, Pakistani and Arab grocery store has oŠerings of fresh meat from an in-store butcher, fresh vegetables, spices, snacks, frozen goods and medicine. 281-719-5552. www.indiabazaarofthewoodlands.com 5 Millennium Physicians opened its new rheumatology o”ce in Shenan- doah on June 22.The o”ce is located at 129 Vision Park Blvd., Ste. 206, Shenandoah, and oŠers rheumatology

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said in July the business cannot open until it receives its ‘rst resident but hopes to do so soon. It is accepting elderly residents who need 24-hour care including handicapped residents or those suŠering from memory loss. Maier said a staŠ member will be available at all times in the living facility. 281-203-2858. blessings-assisted-living-home.business.site 9 Howard Hughes Corp. announced a new restaurant, Hearsay Gastrolounge , will open a new location at 20 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands. A date has not yet been announced. The new location will be the fourth in the state for the concept, which began in Houston. According to a press release from Howard Hughes Corp., Hearsay Gastrolounge serves renditions of contemporary American dishes and spirits. The new restaurant will be located next to Cyclone Anaya’s. 10 Kan’s Sushi and Steakhouse will mark its ‘rst anniversary under new ownership this summer. The restaurant, which ‘rst launched in The Woodlands in 2014, relocated to its current location at 2115 Rayford Road, Ste. 115, Spring, in October 2017. Kan’s menu includes poke bowls, rice, sushi, udon and ramen dishes in addition to hibachi dinners with additional Japanese fusion items expected to be added soon. 832-823-4881. www.kanssushisteakhouse.com 11 Alpha & Omega Mounted Patrol marked its 30th anniversary in business May 1. The company has served as a public safety provider in The Woodlands Township for 27 years, with an o”ce at www.hearsayhouston.com ANNIVERSARIES

14016 Bert Brown Road, Conroe. The Southlake, Texas-based company oŠers security, crime deterrence and crowd management services for clients across the country. The private mounted patrol company also operates year round in The Woodlands Township with mounted units complementing the county law enforce- ment that services the area. According to CEO Frank Keller, Alpha & Omega provides tens of thousands of safety escorts and horse pettings in The Woodlands annually in addition to patrol services at large-scale music festivals, sports and music venues, and shopping centers. 936-231-1580. www.mountedpatrol.com NEWOWNERSHIP 12 W. Byron Satter…eld, D.D.S., M.A.G.D. General Dentistry, located at 9100 Forest Crossing Drive, Ste. B, The Woodlands, was acquired July 10 by Dr. Thomas Pickett and be renamed Pickett Dental Group. Pickett said the business provides dental services, including cleanings, preventive and restorative dentistry, dental implants and dentures. 281-363-1571. www.pickettdentalgroup.com 13 The oil and gas services companies EnerCorp Sand Solutions and Houston- based Pro Oil & Gas Services announced their merger as EnerCorp Engineered Solutions on July 13. The former sand management company for the oil and gas industry, headquartered at 25700 I-45 N., Ste. 460, Spring, now oŠers its own sand- separation technology and well testing support equipment along with Pro’s well management and construction services. 800-654-6026. www.enercorp.net

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traditional soups, salads and American fare alongside Southern specialty dishes, such as boudin egg rolls, shrimp and grits, seafood nachos and po’boys. The restaurant will o er dine-in, delivery and to-go services with a pickup window for curbside orders. Sunday brunch will also be o ered in the future, McGhee said. www.kitchen1488.com message, the center’s ownership team said the closure resulted from a loss of business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The center had originally opened in late 2019 at 6922 W. Rayford Road, Ste. 200, Spring, and oŠered drop-in day care services for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. www.kidscastleplaycare.com 16 Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft Corp. said June 26 it would close all of its physical Microsoft Store locations as part of a strategic retail operations change. The Microsoft Store at The Woodlands Mall, located at 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. 1204, The Woodlands, is included in the companywide closure. Microsoft retail locations had been shuttered since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. www.microsoft.com

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food, plans an Aug. 17 opening on FM 1488 north of The Woodlands. The restaurant is located at 4130 FM 1488, Ste. 102, Magnolia, according to owner Je McGhee. The New Orleans native said his eatery will feature a menu of RELOCATION 14 The formerly Houston-based T. Williams Roo…ng relocated to 2000 Hughes Landing Blvd., Ste. 711, The Woodlands, on July 1. Owner Tommy Williams said T. Williams Roo‘ng represents three generations of family roo‘ng, and the business provides roof installations and related services such as the installation of gutters, skylights, insulation, windows and siding. 832-894-7663. www.tomwillroofyou.com CLOSINGS 15 The Spring child care center Kids Castle Playcare announced its permanent closure as of July 1. In a Facebook

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More than a dozen restaurants around The Woodlands are taking part in Houston Restaurant Weeks to raise money for the Houston Food Bank. Most restaurants taking part this year are oŒering curbside and to-go. www.houstonrestaurantweeks.com. (Courtesy Fielding’s Wood Grill)

tables and glass containers be avoided, and parking for the event will begin after 7:30 p.m. Attendees are also asked to fol- low social distancing guidelines and avoid large groups. Fireworks start 8:55 p.m. Free. Location TBD. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 11 OBSERVE PATRIOT DAY OF REMEMBRANCE The Woodlands Township is hosting a ceremony to honor those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. The ceremony will be host- ed at The Woodlands Fire Depart- ment Central Station. 7:30 a.m. Free. Central Station, 9951 Grogan’s Mill Road, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 12 ATTENDA FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL Originally scheduled for mid-May, The Woodlands Food Truck Festival was pushed back to Sept. 12 follow- ing orders from Gov. Greg Abbott. The event will feature a variety of local businesses and food trucks, and family friendly entertainment will be provided. 10 a.m. $5. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. www.houstonareashow.com The pool at Alden Bridge will operate in limited capacities until Aug. 28, and The Woodlands post-season weekends will continue until Sept. 7 at Alden Bridge, Sawmill, Bear Branch and Wendtwoods. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

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FEATUREDACTIVITY Book an outing with Texas TreeVentures People looking to get out of the house this summer can make reservations with Texas TreeVentures, an aerial obstacle course in The Woodlands. The course has remained open through the summer and is taking additional precautions due to the coronavirus, which includes washing equipment throughout the day, keeping parties distanced while they are gearing up and reducing the course’s capacity per time slot. Participants are required to wear masks. Booking can be done through Texas TreeVentures’ website. Hours vary (Thu.-Sun.). $30-$40. Texas TreeVentures 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands 281-210-2048 www.texastreeventures.com

NOVEMBER ELECTION The ling period to run in The Wood- lands Township board of directors election Nov. 3 will end Aug. 17. Filing opened mid-July with positions 1, 2, 3 and 4 available. Candidates must be at least 18 years old as of Nov. 3, be a resident of The Woodlands for at least six months, a U.S. citizen and a resident of Texas for at least a year. Applications to run in the election can be mailed to The Woodlands Township Town Hall. The election will be held Nov. 3. 5 p.m. (ling deadline) 2801 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov SEPTEMBER 6 WATCHA FIREWORKS DISPLAY The Woodlands Township is hosting a reworks display to celebrate Memorial Day at Waterway Square. Because of the pandemic, the reworks display will be drive-in only, and attendees are asked to either remain in their cars or near them. The township asks that tailgating, tents,

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LIVEMUSIC CALENDAR

Live music in and around The Woodlands area

COMPILED BY BEN THOMPSON

AUG. 20

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WATERWAY NIGHTS 31 Waterway Square Place, The Woodlands 281-210-3800 www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov AUGUST 20 Yelba, 7 p.m. 27 Loophole Band, 7 p.m. SEPTEMBER 03 Time Warp, 7 p.m. 10 Sunday Trac, 7 p.m. DOSEY DOE BIG BARN 25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands 281-367-3774 www.doseydoe.com AUGUST 13 Seth James, 8:30 p.m. 14 Austin Meade, Judson Cole and Cannon Brand, 8 p.m. 15 Max Stalling, 8:30 p.m. 20 Blue Water Highway Band, 8:30 p.m. 21 Austin Gilliam, Sheila Marshall and David Adam Byrnes, 8 p.m. 26 The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, 8 p.m. 27 Wade Hayes, 8:30 p.m. (with Scotty Alexander, 7:30 p.m.) The Texas Gulf Coast rock band will visit The Woodlands area Aug. 20 at Dosey Doe Big Barn. (Courtesy Blue Water Highway Band)

SEPTEMBER 02 Johnny A, 8 p.m. 03 Jason Eady and Courtney Patton, 8:30 p.m. 04 Clay Hollis, Holly Tucker and Mark Jones, 8 p.m. 10 Lorrie Morgan, 8:30 p.m. 11 Hamilton Loomis and band, 8:30 p.m. 13 1964 The Tribute, 7:30 p.m. ROCK THE ROW Hughes Landing, The Woodlands 281-210-3800 www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov AUGUST 13 The Goods, 7 p.m. GENUWINE TASTING ROOM 6503 FM 1488, Ste. 401, Magnolia 832-934-2675 www.mygenuwine.com AUGUST 14 London Lawhon, 7:30 p.m. 15 Pete Sca”di, 7:30 p.m. 21 Hat Damon, 7:30 p.m. 22 Sheri Lavo and Mike Owen, 7:30 p.m. 29 Mason Lankford, 7:30 p.m. SEPTEMBER 04 Alex Rodriquez, 7:30 p.m. The Woodlands Township’s annual Waterway Nights series is held weekly at Waterway Square. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

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MARY SARAH The singer will perform at Main Street Crossing. (Courtesy Mary Sarah)

FEATURED VENUE Mary Sarah brings more than a decade of performing experience to Main Street Crossing for her Aug. 27 show. The country singer-songwriter began touring when she was 12. She has since released several albums, appeared as a contestant on “The Voice,” participated in a Las Vegas residency and continues to tour the country. 8 p.m. $25-$45. MAIN STREET CROSSING 111 W. Main St., Tomball 281-290-0431 www.mainstreetcrossing.com AUGUST 11 Shane Smith & The Saints, 7 and 9 p.m. 12 Shane Smith & The Saints, 7 and 9 p.m. 24 Stoney Larue, 8 p.m. 25 Stoney Larue, 8 p.m. 26 Stoney Larue, 8 p.m. 27 Mary Sarah, 8 p.m. 28 Keeton Co man, 7 p.m. 29 Nightbird, 8 p.m. 30 Cool Freddie E and the Crew, 6:30 p.m. SEPTEMBER

02 Vince King, 8 p.m. 04 Adam Hood, 8 p.m. 05 Joe Ely, 8 p.m. 08 Two Tons of Steel, 8 p.m. 09 Glen Templeton, 7 p.m. 10 Glen Templeton, 7 and 9:15 p.m. 11 Already Gone, 7 and 9:15 p.m. 12 Already Gone, 7 and 9:15 p.m.

14 Junior Brown, 7 and 9 p.m. 15 Junior Brown, 7 and 9 p.m. 17 The Band of Heathens, 8 p.m. 18 The Band of Heathens, 8 p.m. 19 Cory Morrow, 7 and 9:15 p.m. 20 Cory Morrow, 7 and 9:15 p.m. 21 Jake Worthington, 6 p.m. 22 The Fab 5, 6 and 9 p.m.

28 Dion Pride, 8:30 p.m. 29 Jon Wolfe, 8:30 p.m. 30 Hayes Carll, 7:30 p.m.

Events are scheduled as of press time based on existing coronavirus restrictions but are subject to change. Attendees are advised to contact the venues individually.

Find more or submit The Woodlands-area events at communityimpact.com/event-calendar. Event organizers can submit local events online to be considered for the print edition. Submitting details for consideration does not guarantee publication.

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signal work was underway, and striping and painting work had begun, according to Precinct 3. Timeline: April-early fall Cost: $1.5 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 3 Hwy. 242 overpass at FM 1314 The project will construct a grade separation along Hwy. 242 from west to east of FM 1314. This is the ”rst of four projects to construct an overpass at Hwy. 242 and FM 1314. The project was 75% complete as of Aug. 4. Timeline: July 2018-third quarter 2020 Cost: $23.7 million Funding sources: federal funds, TxDOT UPCOMING PROJECTS 4 Gosling Road Segment 3 widening A project is in the ”nal stage of the design phase to upgrade Gosling Road to four lanes between West Rayford Road and Creekside Forest Drive. The project will be advertised in the third quarter of 2020, Harris County o‡cials said. Timeline: third quarter 2020-TBD Cost: TBD Funding source: Harris County Precinct 4 5 Gosling Road bridge across Spring Creek Gosling Road will be upgraded to a four-lane boulevard with twin bridges across Spring Creek. The project is a joint participation project between Harris County Precinct 4 and Montgomery County Precinct 3. It is currently in the study phase, and Harris County expects to start the design phase in the third quarter of 2020. The project could be advertised for construction in early 2021, according to Harris County o‡cials. Timeline: TBD Cost: TBD

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Joe Sherwin, public works director for Oak Ridge North, said July 13 the project is on schedule and the tra‡c signals in Oak Ridge North were operational. Sherwin said Robinson Road tra‡c on the west side of the city was shifted to the south curb line while work on the north curb line and concrete embankment was underway. The project is expected to be complete by early fall, according to Montgomery County Precinct 3 o‡cials. Timeline: March-early fall Cost: $2.4 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 2 Lake Woodlands Drive widening Montgomery County Precinct 3 is widening a 0.17-mile section of Lake Woodlands Drive from west of Six Pines Drive to the western side of I-45. The project includes adding a through lane in each direction and improving turn lanes at intersections. The project is funded through the 2015 Montgomery County road bond and will be completed by late summer or early fall, Precinct 3 o‡cials said. As of mid-July, pavement work was completed, DISCOVERY CREEK BLVD.

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1 Robinson Road widening Work began in March on a project to improve I-45 frontage road access at Woodlands Parkway and Robinson Road and to widen Robinson at Patsy Lane and Westwood Road. The widening work extends from about 350 feet west of Patsy and Westwood to 550 feet east of that intersection. The project includes signalization at the Woodlands Parkway- Robinson overpass at I-45 and aligning lanes on the interchange between the frontage roads.

Funding sources: Harris County Precinct 4, Montgomery County Precinct 3

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Developments underway in The Woodlands area

COMPILED BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN

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HYATT HOUSE HOTEL According to developer Sam Moon Group, the Hyatt House Hotel in Metropark Square was 52% completed as of July 21, with the roof nished and window installation completed on the rst, third, fourth and fth oors. The 148-room hotel will be completed around March 2021, according to the developer. Covered parking will be available.

THEMILL APARTMENTS The Mill Apartments, located at Grogan’s Mill and Sawdust roads, opened in late June. The 201-unit apartment complex features one- and two-bedroom apartments with amenities including washer and dryer units. The developer for the complex is Allen Harrison Co. Space: 218,000 square feet Completion: late June

TECHNOLOGY FOREST AND LAKESIDE BOULEVARDS Parker Burkett, vice president of Realtor Transwestern, said an o–ce building at Technology Forest and Lakeside boulevards is expected to open in mid-August. The six-story building features space for o–ce, retail and restaurants. As of July, none had been conrmed. Space: 135,000 square feet Completion: mid-August

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FEMAwarns health departments to avoid test supplies fromOakRidgeNorth company

Q U I C K T U R N A R O U N D Just days after becoming a company, Fillakit was awarded more than $10 million by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for COVID-19 test supplies but ceased production about a month later. FEMA o€cials did not answer when or if the contract was o€cially terminated. SOURCES: FLORIDA STATE RECORDS, OAK RIDGE NORTH CITY COUNCIL, FORMER FILLAKIT EMPLOYEES, WWW.GOVTRIBE.COM, FEMA”COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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showed up to work, production halted, the room was cleared, supplies were put on trucks and employees were told to go home. The pair said they still have not received their last paychecks. Company background The Fillakit warehouse was labeled as ClearGate Laboratory, but the relationship between Fillakit and ClearGate is unclear. The companies are listed under the same address, and according to its website, ClearGate provides medical laboratory tests and services. Green said she was told this was where ClearGate used to be located. ClearGate also has a location in Atlanta, and the owner is listed as Jake Wexler, according to company records. Community Impact Newspaper could not con”rm if Jake Wexler is related to Paul Wexler, but a Jake Wexler is listed as the owner of Sparrow Healthcare LLC in The Woodlands. The phone numbers listed for Sparrow Healthcare and ClearGate are the same and did not work as of June 30. Community Impact Newspaper messaged Jake Wexler on LinkedIn and did not receive a response as of press time. Paul Wexler did not respond to requests for comment, nor did Oak Ridge North o™cials. Community Impact Newspaper spoke to Wachtler on the phone June 30, who said ClearGate is no longer in existence but did not comment further. Next steps FEMA and several of its partners are analyzing the quality of the supplies in question. The rest of the order, about 200,000 units, was slated to arrive in Louisville, Kentucky, at the end of June, according to FEMA o™cials. The Texas Department of State Health Services con”rmed it received 25,300 Fillakit collection kits from FEMA but has not used any. O™cials with the Montgomery County Public Health District are unfamiliar with Fillakit, Public Information O™cer Misti Willingham said. MCPHD placed orders for COVID-19 tests from various companies, according to information obtained from an open records request, but it is unclear if these companies are using Fillakit materials. Juan Garcia, the administrative director for laboratory services at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, said under normal conditions, it would be unusual for a government contract to be granted to a •edgling company, but health care workers were desperate for supplies, he said. Garcia said the vetting process would prob- ably have been longer or more in-depth if the supplies had not been so urgently requested. “I’m sure this contract was done under pressure,” he said. Ben Thompson contributed to this report.

A Montgomery County-based manufacturing company awarded $10.5 million in grants in May from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to manufacture COVID-19 testing supplies has since ceased production, leaving behind millions of reportedly unusable products and little trace of its existence. Fillakit was located inside a business park in Oak Ridge North, at 26797 Hanna Road, Ste. 4/7D, the same address listed for a business called ClearGate Laboratory. According to the $10 million FEMA contract awarded May 8—which is searchable online at www.govtribe.com—it was Fillakit’s ”rst time being awarded a contract, and the •edgling company was to provide 4 million units of saline material used in COVID-19 testing. Fillakit delivered 3.8 million units to 56 states and territories, including Texas, and ”ve other federal agencies, according to FEMA. But now, FEMA o™cials are warning these entities to not use Fillakit supplies due to quality concerns. “FEMA recommends the states ... refrain from using these products until [Texas Health and Human Services] testing and review process is complete,” a FEMA spokesperson said in an email. Qualityconcerns Teresa Bosworth Green, a former Fillakit employee, claimed Fillakit hired workers for $15 an hour with little experience. In addition, the test tubes Fillakit supplied to FEMA were not designed to ”t in test tube holders, she said, adding conditions were unsanitary. “I initially thought we would be working in a sterile lab environment, not in an open, dirty warehouse room,” she said. When Green arrived for work May 11, she said a man named Paul Wexler was introduced as the owner of Fillakit, along with a woman named Kira. StephenWachtler was the local director of the project, Green said. Employees were given basic instructions and began work in an assembly line, and Green said she expressed concern about the lack of cleanliness and face masks. “People were breathing and coughing right over the solution,” she said. “There were up to 250 workers in a small ware- house room, shoulder to shoulder ... working o¥ of fold-up tables with supplies placed on the •oor and handled without gloves.” Two other former Fillakit employees, Andrew Haynes and Katrina Karnei, said they were not initially informed of the company’s purpose or that it was making supplies for COVID-19 tests. “From the beginning it seemed o¥,” Karnei said. Haynes and Karnei said there were originally about 200 employees, but this decreased to about 50 before the company halted production. Haynes and Karnei said one day when they

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