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Montgomery County’s COVID-related deaths now 143

Montgomery County logged its 143rd COVID-19-related death Monday.

The death is a Spring woman in her 60s who died at the hospital. The woman had other health conditions in addition to testing positive for COVID-19.

The county’s total number of cases is now 12,365. Of those total cases, 1,914 are active, an increase of 177, according to the Montgomery County Public Health District.

Total hospitalizations, both county and noncounty residents, increased by 15 to 71 with 14 of those patients in ICU.

The reason for the difference in the new cases and active cases is the Montgomery County Public Health District is continuing to process cases that were reported to the Department of State Health Services directly by health care providers and entered into the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System.

Online registration is still available for COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County.


To get a voucher, go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on the “need to be tested” link. Fill out the information. A voucher will be emailed. Once you have the voucher, make an appointment at your choice of testing centers and get tested.

The MCHD/MCPHD COVID-19 Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 936-523-3916.

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Montgomery County Public Health District urges flu shots during COVID-19 pandemic

The Montgomery County Public Health District is urging residents to get vaccinated for the flu and is currently taking appointments for children with adult bookings coming soon.

“This year, it’s even more important with COVID because the signs and symptoms of COVID are very similar to that of the flu,” said Alicia Williams, MCPHD’s public health director.

Looming over this flu season is the possibility of there being a confluence with COVID-19. And that can happen, Williams said as she pointed to a full hospital capacity due to COVID-19 in July.

“We don’t want to have that situation if we can prevent it. And getting a flu shot is one way we can prevent it,” she said, signaling a strain on supplies, nurse and space capacity brought on by flu hospitalizations.

As of Thursday, there are 61 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the county, including 18 in ICU, according to the Montgomery County Hospital District.


“Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic,” reads a statement on the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

MCHPD is booking appointments for free vaccines for children 6 months to 18 who are either uninsured, have Medicaid, or lack coverage. Vaccinations for children without insurance are being billed at $10, with waivers available for those who cannot pay.

Unlike in years past, this year, MCHPD is vaccinating adults who are privately insured and with comorbidities or are part of a high-risk group like the elderly. Those who do not qualify can pay the $10 fee with available waivers.

The vaccine includes the four most common and prevalent flu strains and is applied through injection. Williams explained taking the vaccination during the fall is most effective because that is right ahead of the peak season, usually at the end of the year.

Aside from the danger of a contagion intensified by COVID-19, Williams wants to remind people the flu can cost them work productivity, wages and school time. A vaccine, she continued, could avoid that.

Furnished by the State of Texas, there is currently no shortage of vaccines, according to Williams.

If people do not get vaccinated through MCPHD, Williams is still encouraging the general public to get a vaccine at pharmacy chains offering it. She also wants people to understand the mild aching and fever they may experience from the vaccine does not mean they have the flu, but rather that their immune system is activating antibiotics.

And to that effect, MCHD paramedics were vaccinated last week. Additionally, MCHD will be carrying out flu shots on Meals on Wheels recipients.

“Ideally (mask usage) would reduce the spread of COVID, but it would also reduce the spread of flu,” she said, while also highlighting the importance of social distancing. “Our goal here is prevention, and that’s across the board for public health. One way we can do

Montgomery County’s new COVID-19 cases jump by 238

Online registration is still available for COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County. To get a voucher, go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on the

Online registration is still available for COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County. To get a voucher, go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on the “need to be tested” link. Fill out the information. A voucher will be emailed. Once you have the voucher, make an appointment at your choice of testing centers and get tested.

Jason Fochtman, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

Montgomery County public health officials confirmed 238 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and a drop of 54 in active cases.

The county’s total number of cases is now 11,682. Of those total cases, 1,576 are active, according to the Montgomery County Public Health District.

Total hospitalizations, both county and noncounty residents, increased by seven to 50 with seven of those patients in ICU.

The reason for the difference in the new cases and active cases is the Montgomery County Public Health District is continuing to process cases that were reported to The Department of State Health Services directly by health care providers and entered into the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System.


Online registration is still available for COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County.

To get a voucher, go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on the “need to be tested” link. Fill out the information. A voucher will be emailed. Once you have the voucher, make an appointment at your choice of testing centers and get tested.

The MCHD/MCPHD COVID-19 Call Center is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 936-523-3916.

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Montgomery County COVID-19 cases top 11K; deaths remain at 140

Online registration is still available for COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County. To get a voucher, go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on the

Online registration is still available for COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County. To get a voucher, go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on the “need to be tested” link. Fill out the information. A voucher will be emailed. Once you have the voucher, make an appointment at your choice of testing centers and get tested.

Gustavo Huerta, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

Montgomery County continued a trend Wednesday with no new COVID-related deaths but added 50 new active cases for a total of 1,508.

Total number of cases in the county jumped to 11,092. The number of deaths related to the virus remained at 140, according to the Montgomery County Public Health District.

Total hospitalizations, both county and noncounty residents, decreased by three to 41 with 11 of those patients in ICU.

The Montgomery County Public Health District is continuing to process cases that were reported to The Department of State Health Services directly by healthcare providers and entered into the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System.


Online registration is still available for COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County. To get a voucher, go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on the “need to be tested” link. Fill out the information. A voucher will be emailed. Once you have the voucher, make an appointment at your choice of testing centers and get tested.

The MCHD/MCPHD COVID-19 Call Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 936-523-3916.

[email protected]

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Catholic Chaplains Corps supports patients, hospital workers in Montgomery County during pandemic

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When members of The Woodlands-Conroe branch of the Catholic Chaplains Corps could no longer enter the local hospitals to support patients and staff due to the pandemic, they got to work on other ways they could help.

The Catholic Chaplains Corps is a program of the The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Bishop John Markovsky, of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, began the program to support the Texas Medical Center in 1967 to better serve the sacramental and spiritual needs of Catholic patients and families. The TMC was just too large for the priests to make visits to all patients.


A The Woodlands-Conroe branch was launched as a pilot program in February 2018 to provide support to those hospitalized in Montgomery County. The program is carried out in partnership with three Montgomery County Catholic churches including Sacred Heart, St. Anthony of Padua and Sts. Simon and Jude.



Pre-pandemic, trained volunteers with the Catholic Chaplains Corps were able to visit both Catholic and non-Catholic patients in the hospital, nursing home or in a home-bound situations. But COVID-19 halted the volunteers work inside the hospitals.

“They are hungry for ministry. They feel a grief because they were very active in these efforts,” said Nanette Coons, Lay Chaplain for Region One, Conroe and The Woodlands. “They had these intimate encounters with people in their hospitals rooms and nursing homes and now that’s gone.”


Coons said there are 66 trained pastoral visitors in this region who can serve the five Montgomery County hospitals that have approximately 1,600 beds.


She said the pastoral visitors wanted to know what they could do to help when they couldn’t physically enter the hospitals and nursing homes.

Two different ways of assistance emerged.

About six weeks to two months into the pandemic, Houston Methodist The Woodlands

Active Montgomery County COVID cases dip below 1,500


Montgomery County health officials confirmed the county’s active COVID-19 has dipped under 1,500 after cases dropped by 118 Tuesday.

The county’s total number of cases increased 84 to 10,912 with 1,458 of those active. The county’s number of deaths remains at 140.

Total hospitalizations, both county and noncounty residents, increased by one to 44, with 14 of those patients in ICU.


The Montgomery County Public Health District is continuing to process cases that were reported to The Department of State Health Services directly by healthcare providers and entered into the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System. Out of the 23 new cases today, 20 were tested prior to Sept. 7.

Online registration is still available for COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County. To get a voucher, go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on the “need to be tested” link. Fill out the information. A voucher will be emailed. Once you have the voucher, make an appointment at your choice of testing centers and get tested.



The MCHD/MCPHD COVID-19 Call Center is open Monday-Friday 8 a..m.-4:30pm. Call 936-523-3916.

[email protected]


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