A LOOK BACK: How The Woodlands area communities responded to COVID-19 in 2020

The Abundant Harvest Kitchen, founded by the Saint Isidore Episcopal Church community, worked to provide meals for area residents experiencing food shortages related to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. (Courtesy The Abundant Harvest Kitchen)
The Abundant Harvest Kitchen, founded by the Saint Isidore Episcopal Church community, worked to provide meals for area residents experiencing food shortages related to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. (Courtesy The Abundant Harvest Kitchen)

The Abundant Harvest Kitchen, founded by the Saint Isidore Episcopal Church community, worked to provide meals for area residents experiencing food shortages related to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. (Courtesy The Abundant Harvest Kitchen)

Amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, businesses, organizations and community members worked to find ways to survive and help one another. Here are a few stories from throughout the year highlighting ways in which The Woodlands community responded in 2020.

Small businesses looked for survival strategies during, after the spring lockdowns

Businesses around The Woodlands feel effects of coronavirus restrictions

The Woodlands-area designer shifts focus to medical masks over shortage concerns

Businesses in The Woodlands prep for changes in wake of coronavirus


Florists in The Woodlands area adapt to a changing market amid event cancellations

Enfusia in The Woodlands shifts production from soaps to sanitizer

Nonprofits, volunteer-driven organizations relied on community support to maintain services

Montgomery County Food Bank shifts to drive-thru delivery, virtual food drives in response to current needs

How to help: Ways to show support for The Woodlands area residents and community groups during the coronavirus crisis

The Abundant Harvest Kitchen's food pantry begins service in Spring

Interfaith of The Woodlands provides food support during coronavirus concerns

Students, community groups found ways to offer assistance

The Woodlands-area students work together to donate 500 masks to The Woodlands Fire Department

The Woodlands' Shadowbend YMCA opens care center for children of 'essential personnel'

Facebook groups drive support to local restaurants in northwest Houston areas

Seniors faced special challenges as the pandemic spread

At-risk population in The Woodlands area faces health challenges, lifestyle changes

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By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


MOST RECENT

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center is expanding a waiting area. (Courtesy Memorial Hermann)
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center to expand overflow waiting room

The extra space will be created by enclosing a portion of the ambulance bay.

Pride Houston Parade
Pride Houston fall parade and festival canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The downtown annual parade and festival, scheduled for Sept. 25, will be replaced by a Montrose block party and other events, organizers announced July 25.

The CDC reversed its masking guidance for fully vaccinated individuals in response to the transmissibility of the delta variant of COVID-19 in a press conference July 27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
NEW CDC GUIDANCE: All individuals should wear masks in K-12 schools, including those who are fully vaccinated

The new CDC guidance, announced July 27, also recommends people in areas with "high" or "substantial" levels of transmission wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

(Courtesy El Mariachi Mexican Bar and Grill)
El Mariachi Mexican Bar and Grill coming to Rayford Road

The restaurant is anticipated to open some time in the third quarter of this year.

Eva Clawson, director of finance for Oak Ridge North, presented a financial report July 26. 
(Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Oak Ridge North revenue reaching prepandemic levels

Eva Clawson, director of finance for Oak Ridge North, presented a financial report detailing a revenue of $3.6M for the current fiscal year.

Vibrant church is undergoing an expansion. (Courtesy Vibrant Church)
Vibrant Church in The Woodlands doubling facility space in expansion

The church is expanding to accommodate a larger amount of people.

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Average testing positivity rate nears 10% after sharp increase

Over 97% of people nationwide who are being hospitalized because of the disease are unvaccinated.

As variants are isolated and identified, Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass believes the vaccines available can handle identified variants (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
'The vaccines we have are effective against all the variants out there': Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass discusses variants, vaccinations

As Houston Methodist identified its first case of the lambda variant July 19, Dr. Glass believes vaccines can handle known variants.

Pressed Juicery sells smoothies and juices, smoothie bowls, wellness shots and juice cleanses. (Courtesy Pressed Juicery)
Pressed Juicery plans Market Street location in The Woodlands

Pressed Juicery sells smoothies and juices, smoothie bowls, wellness shots and juice cleanses. 

A new location serving coffee and tea will open on FM 1488. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Golden Hour Coffee and Tea planning to open in August near XScape Theatre

Golden Hour Coffee and Tea is anticipated to open by the end of August.