Covington Woods Community Association, Inc.
MASC Austin Properties, Inc.
Coronavirus Response

In compliance with the “Stay at Home” order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to inform you of the decisions made within your community.
   
Suspension of Board Meetings
o   Any necessary Board decisions will be made by email vote with actions ratified at the next meeting in accordance with the Texas Property Code


Closure of all Common Area Amenities
o   Pool Registration and pool opening will be determined at a later date
o   Social distancing should be adhered to when using the community park and tennis courts.  The playground equipment should not be used at this time.


Closure of Management Office Visitation
o   We have several staff members working remotely and will be able to address many issues during this time.
o   All calls will be answered by our 24 hour answering service and routed to the appropriate staff member for assistance.

We will continue to monitor this situation and keep you informed of any changes.  Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

MASC Austin Properties, Inc.

We have provided below several links to receive updated information on Covid-19.

City of Sugar Land                                                     Fort Bend County Health & Human Services 
www.sugarlandtx.gov/coronavirus                             https://www.fbchealth.org/ncov/
State Health Department                                            Centers for Disease Control
https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/                             https://www.cdc.gov/


Corona Virus Information

Hope Packages available for those in need
The Hope Initiative Ministry Team at Sugar Creek Baptist Church is partnering with Second Mile Ministries of Fort Bend County and the Houston Food Bank to provide the most at risk citizens of our community Hope and Help during this current crisis.

  • “Hope Packages” are planned to be delivered to those at risk (elderly, under-resourced, unable to leave their homes, etc.).
  • The Hope Packages will consist of non-perishable food items; enough for 5 – 7 days, along with notes of hope
  • By Monday morning, March 23rd, 2020 – a “Hope Initiative” Help Line will be open: 281.274.6010
  • People who call that number will hear a voice mail message asking them to leave their name, phone # and address (voicemail will be available in English and Spanish)
  • Their plan is to have the voice mail message in both English and Spanish.
  • A return phone will take place from a volunteer on the team.
  • If eligible, scheduled deliveries will take place to their door by those who have been trained in the “best practices” of social distancing and proper sanitation and safety measures (i.e. wearing gloves, no physical contact with people in the home, etc.). 


Parks guidelines while you practice social distancing
Help #stopthespread and stay safe. As you may want to visit Sugar Land Parks and Recreation parks during this time when everyone is being asked to stay at home, the City of Sugar Land has some guidelines for those who are using parks and trails and how you can practice social distancing while outside:
• In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all City of Sugar Land park playgrounds and restrooms are closed until further notice. The virus can stay on surfaces for several hours and playgrounds and restrooms cannot be constantly disinfected.
• Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting any symptoms.
• Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
• Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports, play dates and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.
• Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space. This may include pavilions or picnic areas.
• While on trails, warn other users of your presence and step aside to let others pass.
Please visit the City's website at www.sugarlandtx.gov/coronavirus for up to date information regarding COVID-19.

The Fort Bend County Health & Human Services Department is managing the local response. The city continues to work closely with the health department and Sugar Land’s local health authority and meet on a daily basis to ensure city leaders have all the facts and make decisions based on advice from health experts. For accurate and reliable information, please be sure to visit the following resources. They are the authoritative sources of information:
Texas Department of Health and Human Services
https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
Fort Bend Health and Human Services
https://www.fbchealth.org/ncov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus


-3/21/20: An update from Mayor Joe Zimmerman
Mayor Zimmerman encourages residents to avoid large crowds and practice social distancing, but the City has not shut down and grocery stores are open. With social distancing in mind, private businesses and corporations within Sugar Land also continue to operate by practicing telecommuting and shift modifications. We continue to maintain strong partnerships with our business community and want to encourage the support of our local restaurants by participating in drive-through.

We have heard from our business community, and the majority of the office workers are working remote and our manufacturers remain open while practicing social distancing and modified shifts. We have several businesses that are providing essential products and services to the healthcare and grocery industry. While the situation is rapidly evolving, these business currently remain open to support the community by implementing practical preventative measures to mitigate risks to their workforce and customers. City updates are available at:  www.sugarlandtx.gov/coronavirus 

Please be sure to visit the following resources. They are the authoritative sources of information.
Texas Department of Health and Human Services https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/ 
Fort Bend Health and Human Services https://www.fbchealth.org/ncov 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus 


-COVID 19 Update from Mayor Joe Zimmerman – March 20, 2020
https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1905/2019-Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19-Informat

HOA public events/gatherings:
During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing is of the upmost importance.

Any type of social event is highly discouraged at this time, even with minimal human contact planned.

We ask that you follow the latest information from the City of Sugar Land regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19: https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1905/2019-Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19-Informat

List of Community Resources:https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1967/Community-Resources#resources


List of Sugar Land restaurants providing carryout and delivery options: https://www.visitsugarlandtx.com/explore/carryout-and-delivery-options/


-3/19/20: Earlier this afternoon, Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference with Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, DSHS Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt, and Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd. During the press conference, Governor Abbott declared a public health disaster in the State and unveiled a new Executive Order outlining new statewide requirements (which mirrors CDC guidance). Most importantly, Governor Abbott did not issue a statewide “shelter in place order.” It does not appear to restrict manufacturing operations, which, according to the Governor, should be limited to best practices (see below). 
 
Here is a summary of the Governor’s Executive Order:
• Every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings that have more than 10 people.
• People shall avoid eating and drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts or visiting gyms. There will be no "dining in” at bars or restaurant dining rooms since they will be closed. Restaurants can still offer take-out and pickup options (which the Governor has encouraged).
• People shall not visit nursing homes, or retirement centers or long-term care facilities unless they're providing critical care assistance.
• All Texas schools shall close temporarily. "This does not mean that education stops." Superintendents will continue to work with the Texas Education Agency to continue online or additional educational options.
• The order goes into effect at midnight, Friday, March 20, and expires at midnight on April 3.


-3/18/20: Mayor Joe Zimmerman has provided another COVID-19 update regarding Sugar Land restaurants and other establishments that serve food and also other information. Please click here to watch the update. 


-Memorial Hermann has a resource center to learn about important announcements, FAQs and tips to help protect yourself and your family from COVID-19. Please click here to access the site. 


-Mayor Joe Zimmerman has an important update regarding COVID-19. Please click here to watch.


-During these concerning times of the Cornona Virus, the HOA realizes that some residents, particularly the elderly, may need assistance. If there are any neighbors that needs assistance, please call the property management company and we’ll see what we can do to assist.


-Commissioner DeMerchant announced that the YMCA has partnered with the Houston Food Bank to distribute food to our residents most impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Click here to read the announcement. Click here for the Houston Food Bank distribution schedule. Click here for the schedule in Spanish.


Green and Bulky Waste Collection
From the City of Sugar Land: As many residents may be using their extra time at home to get a head start on spring cleaning or catching up on yard care, we ask that you limit the volume of bulky waste and green waste placed out for collection over the next few weeks. Our service providers are experiencing higher than normal volumes that could lead to potential delays in collection. We will send information regarding any delays to the impacted areas through Nextdoor, and via email to HOAs. Should your items not be collected by 7 p.m. on your regularly scheduled day, please first check Nextdoor for any service notifications prior to calling 3-1-1 or 281-275-2900. Any collections not completed according to schedule will be finished the following day. Residents using a landscape company for their green waste services should have all green waste collected and hauled off by the contractor.


​​​Stand up. Be counted. Sugar Land needs YOU!
Sugar Land’s Census Complete Count Committee reminds residents of the importance of an accurate 2020 U.S. Census count.

The time is now to be counted as part of the 2020 U.S. Census, and it’s incredibly important -- the Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities, like Sugar Land, each year and ensure our community is fairly represented at the state and national levels.

To ensure no one is missed, the city of Sugar Land appointed a resident-led Complete Count Committee to motivate the community to complete the Census and spread the word about the importance of the Census. The Census occurs just once every 10 years, and an accurate count maximizes funding for important local projects such as mobility improvements that have been identified by Sugar Land residents as a top concern.

During the past decade, more than a half billion has been spent on local mobility projects, much of which has been funded by state and Federal dollars.

“I was also on the Complete Count Committee 10 years ago and our response rate for the 2010 U.S. Census was 85 percent. We can do better. We have more ways to communicate now than ever before,” said Complete Count Committee member Terri Wang. “The funds directed our way as part of an accurate count fund services that we’ve identified as important to improve our quality of life, secure project funding that would otherwise be paid for locally and help keep our tax rate among the lowest in the state.”

By April 1, everyone should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census, and for the first time ever, residents have the option to respond online -- even on mobile devices.  The U.S. Census Bureau will begin to contact households on March 12 through a series of mailings.

  • March 12-20:  Letters with information to take survey online will be sent to a majority of people, while about 25 percent of the population (with specific demographic characteristics and lower internet connectivity) will receive a letter and paper survey.
  • March 16-24:  Letters will go out to those who do not respond.
  • March 26-April 3:  Reminder postcards are planned for those who do not respond.
  • April 8-16:  Letters and paper surveys will be sent to those who do not respond.
  • April 20–27:  A final “It’s not too late” postcard will be mailed to those who do not respond.


For households that do not respond, the U.S. Census Bureau will follow up in person by going door to door to collect responses starting in May. 

“The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete, the information provided is strictly confidential and the ramifications for Sugar Land are significant,” said Complete Count Committee member Afshi Charania Merchant. “So please stand with us, and be counted. It’s an easy way to make a huge difference for our community.”

The Complete Count Committee encourages their neighbors to help spread the word and learn more by visiting www.census.gov or www.sugarlandtx.gov/Census2020.


Sugar Mill Elementary PTA to hold Spring Fling

The Sugar Mill Elementary PTA will hold a Spring Fling on March 27, 2020 from 5-9pm.

Please click here for more details. 


New Ft. Bend County Animal Services Ad Hoc Committee

Commissioner DeMerchant has announced on his Facebook page, the establishment of the Fort Bend County Animal Services Ad Hoc Committee to support our wonderful Fort Bend County Pets - Fort Bend County Animal Services team. More details at link below:

https://www.facebook.com/kenrdemerchant/posts/2408756922707692?__tn__=-UC-R


Block Party Trailer Program Launched in Sugar Land
Residents now have access to a trailer full of supplies to make hosting a neighborhood block party easy and enjoyable.  “The Sugar Cube,” a block party trailer intended to help foster neighborhood relationships, was created foster neighborhood relationships and as a result of a efforts to streamline the city’s special events offerings and avoid duplication of effort by leveraging existing event opportunities already occurring within neighborhoods. “The Sugar Cube provides a convenient way to bring people together where they live in hopes of finding similarities that will bring them closer together. Neighbors who connect with one another only strengthen our community,” said Community Engagement Manager Carrie Paxton-Lamke. Residents can reserve The Sugar Cube free of charge by completing an online form after their community group, homeowners’ or neighborhood association completes a short registration process with the City. “In our increasingly digital world, we often lack the opportunity to get to know our neighbors face-to-face,” said Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Kimberly Terrell, “Our goal is that The Sugar Cube inspires our neighborhoods to come outside, meet one another and recreate a National Night Out-style block party any weekend of the year.”  To learn more about The Sugar Cube or to make a reservation, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/sugarcube


Board meeting dates for 2020: 2nd Monday of every month
1/13, 2/10, 3/9, 4/13, 5/11, 6/8, 7/13, 8/10- Annual Meeting, 9/14, 10/12, 11/9, December- no meeting


​​Pool Tag Registration 

You can find the pool tag registration form on the website in the Documents section: (click here)


Do you know your City Council District?
Did you know that your City Council District may have changed? After the annexation of Greatwood and New Territory, some adjustments needed to made, which will be effective for the upcoming May 4th election! Learn more about the new districts from the Gnome:

What district are you in? Find out:  www.sugarlandtx.gov/KnowYourDistrict


​​You Leave It...They Thieve It

Click here for tips on avoiding car burglary from the City of Sugar Land.


Did You Know?  Did you know that we have a way to communicate with you via email? Please click on the Email Notifications tab (or click here) at the top menu to sign-up for email notifications! We'll add you to our list to receive email communications from the Board.


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Removing Mold From Your Home's Exterior: While there’s always the option of paying for someone to pressure-wash your home to remove mold, there is a fairly effective home remedy you can use to get rid of this problem. Mix the following household ingredients in a garden sprayer, which you can get for under $20, or find in your garage.  

1/3 cup powdered laundry detergent
2/3 powdered household cleaner
1 quart liquid laundry bleach
1 gallon of water

Double-check to ensure children and pets aren’t in the area, and wear some sort of safety mask. You may also want to cover your plants or other vegetation around the base of your home with drop cloths. These ingredients generally aren’t harsh to clean with, but can be dangerous if you are breathing, or ingesting the ingredients. Once you have the solution mixed, you will begin applying it to your siding. One gallon should cover a 10’ X 20’ area or a little further, depending on how liberal you are with it. Once you apply a good coat to your vinyl siding, let it stand for five to ten minutes. After this lapse in time, use your garden hose to rinse the siding off. If you don’t have a garden hose, thoroughly cleanse your garden sprayer and fill it with water to rinse the siding. Depending on the severity of mold, you may need to apply a second or third coat and repeat the steps already covered. Make mold old news and spruce up the exterior of your home!

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