The Woodlands Edition - May 2020

THEWOODLANDS EDITION

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CONTAINING COVID19 Testing in Montgomery County could increase in May as additional resources will become available, ocials said.

Free coronavirus testing was not available in Montgomery County in the early weeks of the outbreak. Increasing access

in the country in testing per capita for the coronavirus*

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tests conducted in Montgomery County, or 1 per 101 residents *

cases reported in Texas*

33,369

5,994

427,210 tests administered*

607,391 Montgomery County residents

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More than 12,000 free tests were approved for Montgomery County on

*AS OF MAY 5

Vouchers for free coronavirus testing could be available in Montgomery County in May, two months after the rst conrmed case. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

SOURCES: THE COVID TRACKING PROJECT, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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Businesses, local governments take rst steps toward reopening

Gov. Greg Abbott’s phased plan to restart the Texas economy. Abbott’s guidelines allowed establish- ments such as malls and restaurants to resume in-person operations with capac- ity limitations beginning May 1. Abbott’s statewide stay-at-home order for all Tex- ans also expired April 30. “It’s a fact: It’s hard to get rid of this virus because it is so contagious,” Abbott said at an April 27 press conference. “So we’re not just going to open up and hope

BY BEN THOMPSON AND ANDREW CHRISTMAN

Restrictions in south Montgomery County intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak began to ease May 1 when some businesses were permitted to reopen with limited occupancy under

Customers wait in line outside a business in The Woodlands on May 1 as limited reopenings began. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

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