The Chamber is working to put together a list of resources for our citizens and businesses during the coming weeks. If you know of other resources that could benefit our local community, please let us know! We will update this list as we get more information. Let’s help support our community and local businesses in the coming weeks!
- CDC Coronavirus Homepage
- Texas Health and Human Services
- Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
- Guide on how to slow the coronavirus spread
- The House Ways and Means Committee published an extension on their website to be used as a resource for information related to the coronavirus. It contains details about H.R. 6201, which was passed by the House to expand COVID-19 testing, provide emergency paid leave for workers, and give small businesses assistance they need.
- Stamford ISD will be organizing meals for students and anyone under the age of 18. Meals will be available for curbside service behind Oliver Elementary from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Breakfast and lunch will be served, and both meals can be picked up at once.
- There is also a group of volunteers standing by to help with meals for students and others. You can contact Audra Arendall or the Chamber for more information.
- We have several people who have volunteered to do grocery and other shopping for those who may be self-quarantining or trying to stay away from crowds. Contact the Chamber or Audra Arendall for more info.
- Dollar General is giving senior citizens and those at high-risk priority shopping during the first open hour each day (8 a.m.-9 a.m.).
- Country Drug Store has curb-side pickup, even for maintenance medication. Call the store from the parking lot and they will bring your order out.
- Walmart will be implementing a special shopping hour for people over 60 years old, on Tuesdays from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. The pharmacy will be open during that time as well.
- The Carnegie Library is open, but social distancing limitations are in place and citizens who are ill are requested to refrain from coming to the library. For more information, or to request a specific book for check-out, please call 325-773-2532.
- Noteworthy has lots of books they are giving away free. They will ship or bring to you curbside. Contact Callie Metler-Smith or Noteworthy for more info at 325-773-5550.
- WesTex Connect has set up wifi hotspots in several locations around the Big Country. In Stamford, you can find a hot spot in the parking lot of Farmer’s Co-Op Gin. Contact the Chamber for other locations or more info.
- Double Mountain Coach can provide trips to purchase groceries, etc. Call 940-989-2239. Double Mountain Outreach is also accepting applications for utility assistance and more. Call 940-989-3538 for an application.
- Cumulus Media is offering free 15 second PSAs on all 4 of their stations to let the communities in the area know what is going on with local businesses, such as closures, openings, hour changes, delivery or remote services, etc. Contact Daniel Searcy at Cumulus for more info: email@example.com, 325-514-8315.
- Hendrick Health System has released a new first-line screening process for those who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 or may have the symptoms of the virus. To begin the screening, you can text COVIDHELP to 325-216-4824, or visit the online portal.
- The Texas Department of State Health Services has resources available for information on what to do if you are sick, testing information, and more.
- Free testing will be available to individuals who do not have health insurance. Call 211 to find a provider in the area.
- The Trump Administration announced that telehealth coverage would be expanded for Medicare beneficiaries that will enable them to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. For more details on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expanding telehealth options, see their press release with news of the announcement. CMS also shared a fact sheet about the expansion of telemedicine and has a FAQ document to provide clarity about how the expansion of this program to Medicare beneficiaries will help combat the spread of COVID-19.
- Scholastic.com and Khan Academy both provide free learning resources and activities for kids, and Khan Academy has an app for better accessibility.
- While school is out, Audible is providing hundreds of titles for free, specifically for students. Visit Audible for more info.
- Federal student-loan borrowers can now pause monthly payments without penalty for ‘at least 60 days,’ while their interest rate is automatically set to 0%.
- Small Business Administration- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: Small businesses in Texas can apply for emergency federal loans to help ride out coronavirus pandemic. Texas small businesses who believe they may be eligible for an SBA EIDL should visit www.sba.gov/disaster where they can directly apply for assistance. The online application is the fastest method to receive a decision about loan eligibility.
- COVID-19: What Small Businesses Need to Know
- The Texas Workforce Commission has added additional resources to their website for individuals who have lost their job because of COVID-19.
- The Department of Labor (DOL) has an FAQ website here that explains eligibility for unemployment and provides links to each state’s program website here.
- The National Association of Workforce Agencies has been collecting COVID-19 FAQ’s and other resources from state unemployment agencies and can be found here. The site is updated frequently with new state information.
- At President Donald J. Trump’s direction, Tax Day is moving from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.
How You Can Help
- The nursing home is looking for activities for the residents that can be done in their rooms, as they are trying to limit interactions. Things such as cards, puzzles and other activities are welcome. Contact the Chamber or Audra Arendall for more info, or drop off activities at the Stamford Star.
- Anyone who has encountered price gouging is encouraged to contact the Texas Attorney General’s office at (800) 621-0508 or go to texasattorneygeneral.gov/consumer-protection.
- FEMA put out this website that you can access. It is for companies looking to sell or donate medical supplies, equipment or services as part of the COVID-19 response: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help
Community Closures & Hour Changes
- Restaurant Updates:
- Subway will be utilizing remote ordering through their app and call ahead ordering, as well as their drive-through for social distancing. They will remain open until otherwise mandated.
- Fairleen’s will be taking call in orders. Pickup available at the window starting Monday, March 23. Call 325-280-5505.
- Blue Jean Cafe is open at 50% capacity in their dining room and will continue to serve takeout. Call in at 325-773-2522. Hours are adjusted to 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 5:00-8:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and will be closed on the weekends.
- Pizza Hut will be serving carry out through the drive-thru.
- Camacho & Charlie’s has open dining room with limited seating, available on first-come first-serve basis with an hour limit on tables until full reopening. They will continue to take to-go orders but will discontinue delivery.
- China Wok will be re-opening on May 7 for to-go orders.
- Melissa’s Kitchen has resumed operation. Check her Facebook page for schedule and location.
- R&R will be reopening on May 27 at 50% capacity with normal hours.
- Frips Cupcakery is closed.
- City Hall remains closed to walk-in traffic and all utility payments should be deposited in the drop box on the west side of the building. The City will permit entry to City Hall for customers needing to complete paperwork to establish or transfer utility service. Please contact the city water department at 325-773-2723 for more information. For questions regarding municipal court payments, contact the court clerk at 325-773-2591.
- The City Pool will open as scheduled on May 30 with 25% capacity, or 80 visitors at a time. Pool hours are extended from 1 pm to 7 pm. Attendance is free. Additional details will be announced.
- Schools will be closed through the end of the school year.
- Dollar General is closing at 8 p.m. daily.
- Walmart will be opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 8:30 p.m.
- Your Time Fitness will be reopening on May 18.
- The Grand Theatre is closed until May. Reopening date TBD.
- Nursing homes are closed to outside visitors.
- The dining room to the Stamford VIP Center is closed until further notice. Meals on Wheels deliveries will continue. Dining room customers will be served with curbside take-out. If you are a regular VIP Center diner and do NOT wish to receive a meal on a given day, please call the VIP Center at 325-773-2337 on that day by 10 am to notify the staff.
- All churches except Trinity and Temple Baptist will be closed until further notice.
- Scissor Tales is re-opening Friday, May 8.
- JD’s Barbershop is re-opening Friday, May 8.
- Beauty Within is re-opening Friday, May 8.
- Stamford Floral will be taking orders by phone.
- The Anson Driver’s License office will be closed through the end of the month with the exception of March 25 and 26. However, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will consider a Texas issued driver’s license or ID card with an expired date valid if: the expiration is on or after March 13, 2020, and the current date is within 60 days of the end of the State of Disaster.
- Noteworthy/Stamford American is adjusting hours to 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
- The Jones County Courthouse will re-open on May 18. If entering the courthouse, use the south side basement entrance. Phone numbers for each office can be reached at the Jones County website.
- The Tax Assessor Collector office is re-opening on May 18. Please do not wait inside the office. Also they encourage utilizing mail, phone or online to renew vehicle registrations. Supporting documents can be mailed to PO Box 511, Anson TX 79501 or renew online at txdmv.org.
- Stamford Insurance Agency is closing their lobby area. If business can be handled over the phone or email, contact them at 325-773-2754 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Payments can be dropped in the basket. Please contact them when dropping payments off.
- First Bank Texas will be moving to drive-through only for regular business. Appointments can be made for lobby access. Contact at 325-773-2122 for more info.
- BBVA Compass has moved to drive-through only for regular business. Contact 325-773-5755 for more info.
- Decker Capital Partners has closed their lobby to traffic. Business can be done through phone or in-person by appointment only. Call 325-773-2800 for more info.
- Edward Jones has closed their lobby to traffic. Business can be done through phone or in-person by appointment only. Call 325-773-5667 for more info.
- SGDA Law Office has closed their lobby to traffic. Business can be done through phone or in-person by appointment only. Call 325-773-2255 for more info.
- Stamford Family Clinic is offering visits through telemedicine, via webcam or telephone. Contact the clinic at 325-773-2900 for more info. Additionally they have moved to their new location at 1303 Mabee Street (the old Mabee Clinic).
Special thanks to Representative Arrington’s staff for providing updates and resources on the state and federal levels, and Mayor James Decker, Audra Arendall and Callie Metler-Smith who has helped coordinate local resources.