COVID-19 closures and updates

The Duncan Banner staff is working to compile a list of canceled events or special services available to those in need as a result of COVID-19. While there are no confirmed cases in Stephens County, we understand social distancing is still important. If you have canceled an event or know of one that has been canceled or are aware of programs available to help those in need, please drop a comment below so we can keep this rolling list updated as the week progresses.

Event cancellations and special services available in Stephens County include (last updated April 2, 2020): 

• Delberts in Comanche is offering modified shopping for those 60 and older from 7:30-9 a.m. beginning Wednesday, March 18 until further notice.

• Walmart has changed hours for the third time. Effective March 24 through April 28, operating hours will be from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Senior shopping events will be every Tuesday from 6-7 a.m. for customers 60 and older.

• Main Street Duncan’s car cruise scheduled for March 20 has been canceled along with the poker run. The car show and cruise in April has not been canceled yet and is still scheduled for April 17-18 but updates from Main Street Duncan will be made available as necessary. For questions, call 580-252-8696 or 580-647-2625.

• Duncan Public Library closed as of 5 p.m. Monday, March 16 and will remain closed indefinitely. Updates will be provided on the Duncan Public Library’s Facebook and Instagram. Staff will work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer phones.

• Chickasaw Nation Casino in Duncan closed at midnight Monday and will remain closed until March 31.

• Stephens County Humane Society’s Yappy Hour scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 has been postponed. While the Society depends on this fundraiser, they decided to follow the guidance of state and local health department officials. SCHS will reschedule when appropriate. To donate, visit www.stephenscountyshelter.com or mail to PO Box 669, Duncan, OK 73534.

• VFW Barbecue on March 28 (no reschedule time yet).

• Duncan’s Noon Lion’s Club has suspended meetings through the end of March. 

• Duncan Regional Hospital’s cafeteria, Chick-fil-A and gift shop is closed to the public until further notice.

• Stephens County Fairgrounds events with more than 50 people are suspended for at least eight weeks, though administration will revisit conditions every two weeks to update as necessary.

• The April Kindred Community event is canceled.

• Comanche’s Christian Helping Hands Clothes Closet is closed and will not accept donations until further notice. The food panty, however, will remain open for families who haven’t received their food this month. Client shopping will not be offered and only to go boxes will be given. Homebound seniors over 60 can call 580-439-5712 to have food delivered. To volunteer, contact the same number,

• Effective Tuesday, March 17 through March 30, Comanche Nutrition Center will only offer carryout and delivery and dine-in will be canceled. To order delivery within Comanche city limits, contact 580-439-5076.

• Inmate visitation at the Stephens County Jail has been suspended until further notice though video visits can still be utilized.

• All Duncan Public School classes and activities have been canceled through April 6. 

• All Central High School classes and activities have been canceled through April 6.

• All Empire Public School classes and activities have been canceled through April 6.

• All Marlow Public School classes and activities have been canceled through April 6.

• All Comanche Public School classes and activities have been canceled through April 6.

• All Bray-Doyle Public School classes and activities have been canceled through April 6.

• All Velma-Alma Public School classes and activities have been canceled through April 6.

• Marlow Community Center in Redbud Park is closed until April 12.

• Garland Smith Public Library in Marlow is closed until April 12.

• Redbud Chapel in Marlow is closed until April 12.

• Duncan Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet scheduled for March 31 is canceled until further notice.

• The Southwest Oklahoma Legislative Reception slated for Tuesday, April 7 is canceled.

• Duncan’s Chamber breakfast scheduled for Thursday, April 2 is canceled.

• Duncan Chamber’s legislative coffee event scheduled for Friday, April 3 is canceled.

• The Prairie Circuit Board’s donation to the Cancer Center scheduled for March 23 is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later time.

• The April 7 Conversation Workshop in Frederick has been postponed.

• The April 9 Conservation Workshop in Pauls Valley has been postponed.

• Duncan’s Rotary club has canceled lunch meetings throughout the month of March.

• Parkview Baptist Church services and related church activities have been suspended until April 6. Office hours will be maintained to answer phone from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 580-255-5525.

• The Oklahoma State Beekeepers Spring Conference, scheduled for March 21, has been canceled.

• The Southwest Oklahoma Beekeepers Association meeting on March 20 is canceled.

• The Stephens County Strutters National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet for March 28 is canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

• AMC Theaters, including the Duncan location, closed March 17 until further notice.

• As of Wednesday, March 18 all activities at Douglass Senior Center will be canceled until further notice.

• The Stephens County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy has been postponed until further notice. Those who have already applied will be retained and will be notified when a new date is set. The date will be announced at a later time.

• Beginning March 17, Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) will accept online applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Energy Crisis Assistance Program (ECAP) at www.okdhslive.org.

• Oklahoma's State Capitol is closed to the public until further notice.

• As of March 17, Social Security offices will only offer phone service and online service. For help, call the Social Security National 800 Number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or visit www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices or www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/contact/phone.html.

• April 20, 2020's courthouse docket has been postponed. The Banner will publish more information about other court procedures and appearances. People are still allowed inside the courthouse though it is strongly encouraged to handle court related business matters in other methods like via drop box, etc. Those who enter the courthouse must have their temperature taken.

• Dollar General, effective March 17, has set aside senior hour shopping during the first hour of business each day. Additionally, stores have modified their hours and will close one hour earlier than normal operation hours. 

• Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) is encouraging claimants to use the internet to file for unemployment insurance claims. For more more information, visit www.ok.gov/OESC/. The community Oklahoma works/American’s Job Centers will close to the public but OESC personnel will be at the office to answer telephone calls. 

• Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) encourages customers to use online tools to make application for or renew services rather than physically coming to an office whenever possible. All office visits will be by appointment only. OKDHS encourages customers needing assistance to use www.okdhslive.org and www.okbenefits.org for applications or renewals of services provided by OKDHS. The first site allows customers to apply for or renew themselves for programs including: SNAP, child care subsidy, medical assistance, TANF and ABD. The second link allows customers to apply or pay for child support.

• The Regional Food Bank encourages anyone needing food assistance to visit rfbo.org/get-help to find an agency nearby or call 405-972-1111. The Regional Food Bank canceled all large volunteer shifts for the week of March 16. Staff is working to create volunteer models that follow social distancing guidelines while helping to meet the need for emergency food boxes. The Regional Food Bank is hopeful that in the near future it can provide an environment that is safe for a limited number of volunteers. Individuals and organizations wishing to make a donation to assist the Regional Food Bank’s response to the COVID-19 virus and help fight hunger overall can donate at rfbo.org/give or call 405-600-3136.

• All Saints’ Episcopal Church worship services are suspended until April 5. Services for Sunday and Wednesday will be recorded and posted on the Facebook page for the church and also on the website at www.allsaintsduncan.org. The church will be “open for prayer, meditation and conversation.”

• All worship services at First Baptist Duncan are suspended temporarily but an online solution will be available. Services online can be found on Facebook or on YouTube. Visit www.firstduncan.org for more information or for links to access the Facebook or YouTube.

• First Baptist Church in Comanche has suspended all Sunday evening and Wednesday evening services until the end of March.

• The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) is extending the expiration date of all Class D Driver Licenses, Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL), Oklahoma Identification Cards and Handicap Parking Permits that expired thirty (30) days prior to Governor Stitt’s Executive Order 2020-07 (on or after Feb. 15, 2020), declaring a State of Emergency for the State of Oklahoma.  This extension will be in effect until further notice from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. Limitations to this extension will be applied to drivers with invalid driver licenses due to suspension, revocation or denial. For options to renew or replace Oklahoma Class D Driver Licenses or Oklahoma Identification Cards by mail or online, please visit www.ok.gov/dps.  

• The Visitor Center at Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge has suspended operations until further notice.

• The Cowboys and Cobbler Throwdown event scheduled for April 4 at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center has been postponed until further notice. A reschedule date will be announced at a later time. The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center will stay open, but should that change they will make a post on their website and on their social media and The Banner will update this list.

• Apache Casino Hotel in Lawton is closed until March 31, tentatively.

• Effective March 18, the Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) will close to the public until further notice. During this time, assistance can be found or payments can be made online at www.clo.ok.gov or by calling 405-521-4000.

• Effective March 18, Viridian Coffee in Duncan and Lawton will close coffee house lobbies and provide drive-thru service only. Business hours will remain 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The establishment will also no longer accept or fill reusable cups, mugs or bottles and all beverages will be served in disposable cups only. Bulk beverage options are available upon request and will be prepared in disposable travelers only.

• Bethel Church has suspended all church gatherings and services until Sunday, April 5.

• Jitters Coffee House and Sweets is running a supply drive for those in need. Staff is accepting donations of toilet paper, wipes, baby formula, spray cleaner and anything else people may need. Donations can be taken to Jitters Coffee House at 1206 N. Highway 81, Suite 24 in Duncan in the Chisholm Mall, next to Sparklight behind Walgreens. Each person to bring in donations will be granted five stars in the Jitter's loyalty program.

• Marlow Food Market will have senior shopping hours between 8-9 a.m. Monday through Friday for those 60 and older beginning Thursday, March 19.

• Homeland, effective immediately, dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions putting them at risk to contract COVID-19.

• A feeding program at Duncan Public Library, sponsored by The Chickasaw Nation, will begin Wednesday, March 18. The grab and go meals are served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and children between the ages of one and 18 are welcome to grab a shelf ready meal to take home and eat. Only first names are needed and this site will serve those on the northern end of Duncan. 

• Other feeding sites open until March 20 by the Chickasaw Nation include a location at Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Services, 1302 W. Main, Duncan, or the Chickasaw Nation WIC Clinic, 512 N. Highway 81, Duncan. Both of these sites operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Central High Public Schools, beginning Monday, March 23, will offer a grab and go breakfast and lunch for students. Pick up for breakfast is scheduled for 7:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch is from 11 a.m. to noon, though both meals can be picked up during the breakfast hour if necessary. Pickup will take place at the school.

• Central High Public Schools Superintendent's Office will open beginning Monday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday.

• Restaurants are also helping those taking precaution during this time. Numerous restaurants are providing curbside pickup for their patrons, including some restaurants like The Merchant, Tim’s Place, Jonny’s at Oaktree, Daybreak Diner, Don Jose, Catalyst Nutrition and Fitness, Kochendorfer Brewing Company and RibCrib, among others. A full list will be made available on The Banner's website and social media as well.

• The Stephens County Courthouse will be closed to the general public as of mid-morning March 18. However, in the event of severe weather, Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney confirmed the public shelter at the Stephens County Courthouse will be available to the public.  

• New Hope Baptist Church West will cancel all services and activities for the next two weeks. To watch online, visit www.newhopeduncan.com/livestream or listen via radio at 10 a.m. Sundays on KFXI 92.1 FM.

• First Christian Church has suspended all meetings, including worship on Sunday in the Sanctuary and at the Well, Wednesday Unite, Bible studies and group meetings for children, youth and adults. The church office will remain open. Tune into the Facebook page @FirstChristianChurchDuncan or go online to www.FCCDuncan.com for live stream. The Community Free Dinner at the Well will go on as scheduled but there will be no dining in this month and to go plates will be handed out at the door only. The bunny cakes have been canceled and youth leader Holly Bailey will contact those who ordered.

• Bray-Doyle is taking sign ups for children to get breakfast and lunch during the two-week school closing. Parents should send their child’s name, grade, address and bus driver’s name or bus number to bdpslunches@braydoyle.k12.ok.us or call 580-658-5076 Ext. 2 or Ext. 5. Meals will begin March 23.

• Duncan Regional Hospital’s Luncheon has been rescheduled for 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 9.

• Eduardo’s of Duncan will be closed until further notice.

• The Stephens County Humane Society will close to walk-in visitors for the next two weeks effective noon Thursday, March 19. The Pet Pantry will still be open by appointment and cat and dog showings and adoptions can be scheduled by appointment. Intakes will also be accepted by appointment and if space is available.

• The April 7 Duncan Lakes Commission meeting is canceled.

• The Toy Shop of Duncan's Spring Rummage Sale has been postponed until further notice.

• Effective March 19, 2020, the Oklahoma State Department of Health will suspend lobby services for Vital Records until further notice. This includes the offices in Oklahoma City, McAlester and Tulsa. During this time, all Vital Records staff will remain on site to fill on-line, phone and mail requests. For more information on alternative options to order Vital Records, please visit: vr.health.ok.gov. You may also email Vital Records at AskVR@health.ok.gov or call (405) 271-4040 with any additional questions.

• Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma temporarily eliminated telemedicine copays and will offer additional services, including securing early medication refills during the COVID-19 outbreak. This applies to all members who are insured by BCBSOK and includes telemedicine services retroactive to March 15, 2020.

• Jimmy's Egg still has their dining room open and offers take our with curbside service or delivery through Emilee Express. They have also developed family packs for 4-6 people. For more information, visit jimmysegg.com.

• As of Monday, March 23, Marlow City Hall will close to walk-in traffic. Employees will still serve the citizens through phone, email and the drive-thru. For assistance, call 580-658-5401.

• Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Thursday, March 19 the Oklahoma Tax Commission approved an orer to allow all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of state income tax, including self-employment tax, payments due on April 15 until July 15 without penalties or interest. The filing deadline remains April 15.

• Arvest Bank lobbies will close beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, March 20 and the drive-thru will remain operational during regular hours.

• Liberty National Bank will close all branch lobbies temporarily beginning March 23. The drive-thru will remain open. The LNB team will accept appointments should a customer have a new or modified loan application or need to access their safe deposit box. For information, contact 855-351-2265 or visit lnbok.com.

• Gov. Stitt amended an executive order to continue taking proactive measures regarding COVID-19. The amendment to his executive order allows University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University labs to perform COVID-19 testing, allow nurses with inactive licenses to quickly get re-certified, allow nurses to practice regardless of tax compliant status and limit prescriptions of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to ensure there is an adequate supply for patients who need it the most.

• Sparklight announced Thursday additional relief measures to support families in need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Beginning Thursday, a 15 Mbps internet plan for $10 per month is available for the next 60 days to help low income families and those most impacted from coronavirus challenges, such as seniors and college students. No documentation will be required to sign up for this plan. Earlier this week, the company opened free WiFi hotspots in Sparklight local office parking lots across its footprint for public use during the crisis in order to keep individuals and communities connected. The company will work to open additional WiFi hotspots in other public areas in the coming days and weeks.

• Oklahoma Department of Labor: Pursuant to Amended Executive Order 2020-07 “All occupational licenses issued by any agency, board or Commission of the State of Oklahoma that expire during this emergency shall be extended so long as this Order is in effect. All occupational licenses extended during this Order will expire fourteen (14) days following the withdrawal or termination of this Order.” As the Amended Executive Order was issued on March 17, and is effective until April 16, any occupational license that would otherwise expire during this emergency shall not expire until May 1. ODOL license applications and renewals will still be accepted and applications may be completed online at www.ok.gov/odol. Payments and accompanying documents relating to ODOL licensure should be mailed directly to the respective program at Oklahoma Department of Labor, 3017 N. Stiles Ave., #100, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. If you have any questions please contact the ODOL at (405)521-6018, toll-free 1-(888)269-5353, by fax at (405)521-6018 or email at odol.licensing@labor.ok.gov

• The Simmons Center will offer child care to healthcare workers beginning April 1. Call Lori Belcher 580-656-1454.

• McNair Tires will offer the community home service. Call 580-252-8042. This includes fixing flats, changing tires and giving estimates. If you go to the physical location, you will be able to stay within your car the entire time and they will accept payment from the vehicle.

• Wishbone Scratch Kitchen is offering curbside pickup and starting Friday will have a special menu featuring family style prepared meals.

• Cali Burrito is offering drive thru services 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. To call in, dial 580-786-5072. If there are 10 orders or more on one ticket, they will deliver locally only.

• Oklahoma Native Roots will bring your medication to your car if you order ahead. OMMA card must be presented with every transaction. Call 580-786-0711.

• Garland Smith Public Library is offering curbside pickup. For more information, visit garland.biblionix.com/catalog/?search=. To sign in, you will need your library card number and the password is the 7 digit phone number on file with the account. The service is from 1-3 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call 580-658-5354 from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays.

• Good Shepherd Lutheran Church has canceled their services until further notice. They will be taking it week by week and will update when their services will resume.

• First Baptist Church of Comanche has canceled all in-person services and events until further notice. Each week's closed service may be watched live or recorded on the church's Facebook page or the taped service is available on the church website at comanchefirst.com.

• AARP will host a Coronavirus Information Telephone Town Hall at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26. AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl will be joined live by Dr. Stephen Prescott, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation president and U.S. Senator James Lankford. In addition to sharing important local updates about the coronavirus pandemic, they will offer resources, including information from aarp.org/coronavirus, and take questions from callers and online at facebook.com/AARPOK. Register here- https://vekeo.com/aarpoklahoma/#, provide contact information and you'll receive a call.

• In-person business at Endurance Federal Credit Union closed as of Tuesday, March 17, though drive-thru services remain available. Home banking is available at www.endurancefcu.org and the app is available 24/7. The drop box, located inside the drive thru lane, is available 24/7 for deposits or other paperwork drop-off. The coin machine isn't accessible during this time and rolled coin cannot be accepted through drive-thru tubes. For more information, call 800-368-2618 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, use the live chat on their homepage between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, direct message on Facebook or email to info@endurancefcu.org.

• Grab and go meals will be provided for Empire students at two locations: the Empire cafeteria and for pick up in the Cameron University parking lot on Bois D'Arc. Serving times are 9-9:30 a.m. For other rearrangements, call 580-252-5392.

• Eclectic Echo & Company has closed until further notice, effective March 21. To purchase or pick up items, call the store at 580-255-3246 or message them on social media.

• The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge has temporarily closed campgrounds.

• The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center will close to the public for the safety and well being of guests and staff. This change takes place starting Wednesday, March 25. Staff will update their website and social media as things change. Earlier this month, CTHC decided to postpone the Center's new event, Cowboys and Cobbler Throwdown, that was originally scheduled for April 4. Staff will re-schedule as soon as possible. All public activities, including school tours and field trips, are currently on hold until it is safe to re-open. For information, contact the Heritage Center at (580) 252-6692 or visit its website at www.onthechisholmtrail.com

•  Xpress Wellness Urgent Care, a local urgent care provider, offers patients the choice of seeing a medical professional online through a virtual visit, in-person visit, or with curbside services. To schedule a virtual visit, go to www.xpresswellnessurgentcare.com. For curbside services or in-person care, Xpress Wellness Urgent Care is located at 1120 N. US-81,  in Duncan. Hours are Monday – Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 1 to 7 pm.

• The Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra has rescheduled its April 25 concert. The final concert of the orchestra’s 2019-2020 season will now take place at 7:30 p.m. July 18 in the McMahon Memorial Auditorium, 801 NW Ferris in Lawton.

• In an abundance of caution and in compliance with orders from state and local officials, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will close its volunteer opportunities to the public, effective Wednesday, March 25, until further notice. Anyone in need of food assistance should visit rfbo.org/get-help to find a pantry closest to their home. It is recommended to first call the pantry to confirm hours of operations and if any restrictions are in place. They can also call the Regional Food Bank at 405-972-1111 during workdays.

• The Duncan Main Branch for Arvest has closed their drive-thru temporarily. Arvest patrons are asked to utilize the drive-thru location at 3775 N. Highway 81. 

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