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While urging other Oklahomans to stay at home to fight the spread of coronavirus, the state Health Department was telling its own employees to come to work anyway.

"This event is going to be an all hands on deck," Health Commissioner Gary Cox said in a video to the agency's more than 2,300 employees early last week.

"We may ask you to do some different jobs, to perhaps work some longer hours and to really dig in and help in this emergency situation," Cox said in the video recorded March 16 and emailed March 17.

"We appreciate your help and cooperation. As far as teleworking, being on the front lines of public health like we are, for the time being, we are not going to telework," he said.

His directive caused anxiety at the agency, where a number of employees have strictly clerical duties, even though he said employees with special circumstances should feel free to talk to their supervisors.

Hundreds work out of the Oklahoma City offices south of the Capitol. Among those who do not deal with infectious diseases are Vital Records employees who process requests for birth and death certificates.

The directive also came after the state's chief operating officer, John Budd, told all state agency directors March 15 to "move all employees you can to full-time telework status."

On the same day the video was sent to employees, the Health Department was telling the public to stay home.

"It is so important that we wanted to repeat it," the Health Department told its followers on Twitter March 17.

"Social distancing is not a joke, or a meme on social media. It really is the easiest way to help stop the spread, and one that each of us can adhere to for our neighbors, family and friends."

The Oklahoma Public Employees Association contacted health officials last week after seeing the video and hearing from upset employees.

"It absolutely concerned me," the OPEA executive director, Sterling Zearley, said Monday of the video.

"I understand there are certain jobs with this pandemic that they have to be there to help the general public. I get that. But there's jobs, in my opinion, like Vital Records, there's no need for them to have public contact," Zearley said.

On Thursday, the Health Department suspended public access to its Vital Records lobbies in Oklahoma City, McAlester and Tulsa. An announcement of the temporary suspension said the Vital Records staff would remain "on site" to fill online, phone and mail requests.

By Friday afternoon, though, the commissioner had changed his position on teleworking.

"On behalf of Commissioner Cox, we want to encourage those with the ability to telework to do so as soon as conveniently possible," the Health Department's deputy chief of staff, Kay Hulin, told employees in an email Friday.

"It is our desire to keep our staff safe and healthy, so please get with your supervisor now and determine if you are eligible to telework. Thank you for all you do and let’s all stay healthy!" she wrote.

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<strong>In a video early last week, Health Commissioner Gary Cox (shown here in a screengrab from the video) told employees "for the time being, we are not going to telework."</strong>

In a video early last week, Health Commissioner Gary Cox (shown here in a screengrab from the video) told employees "for the time being, we are not going to telework."

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[Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title=" Oklahoma Commissioner of Health, Gary Cox, speaks during a March 5 news conference to provide an update on the coronavirus. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> Oklahoma Commissioner of Health, Gary Cox, speaks during a March 5 news conference to provide an update on the coronavirus. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-76380940218705bdcf460341c22f7091.jpg" alt="Photo - A shopper covers her face as she returns a shopping cart at Costco in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] " title="A shopper covers her face as she returns a shopping cart at Costco in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A shopper covers her face as she returns a shopping cart at Costco in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. 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[Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-eafc8b2583a8533b774f8b55b4aab16a.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty playground equipment is pictured at Hafer Park is pictured in Edmond, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Empty playground equipment is pictured at Hafer Park is pictured in Edmond, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Empty playground equipment is pictured at Hafer Park is pictured in Edmond, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-166b547eee7d6e841c0b666a72694264.jpg" alt="Photo - Pizzeria Gusto's 'to go only' sign outside the restaurant in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. 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O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="People drink inside O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>People drink inside O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-57152cb9751222d409edd57dd2974e3b.jpg" alt="Photo - The exterior of O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="The exterior of O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>The exterior of O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-bb2042dfc164d737c8f827c9a77947c5.jpg" alt="Photo - A cyclist wears a mask and googles while riding north on a sidewalk along Jenkins Ave. on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="A cyclist wears a mask and googles while riding north on a sidewalk along Jenkins Ave. on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A cyclist wears a mask and googles while riding north on a sidewalk along Jenkins Ave. on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-fa7e3800f2ca6c2f59449510a1ddcff0.jpg" alt="Photo - People drink inside O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="People drink inside O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>People drink inside O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-2f7d5b1e3aab578ee35040cf7ab46b80.jpg" alt="Photo - Marles Bradley wears a mask as she waits for a takeout order of green eggs and ham outside of O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Bradley said she put on the mask thinking she would have to go inside the restaurant but would not have worn it if she had known the order would be brought outside to her. 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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-356bfc7181a17ece706e8d2a9bd9aca3.jpg" alt="Photo - People drink inside O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="People drink inside O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>People drink inside O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d9319ec9fc5a5524a5ebe1450846c53e.jpg" alt="Photo - Michelle Ridgway sanitizes a booth after customers left O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="Michelle Ridgway sanitizes a booth after customers left O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Michelle Ridgway sanitizes a booth after customers left O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-77d77c9da910a4b7bc09d7f0b79c34c2.jpg" alt="Photo - The sign letting customers know that Packard's New American Kitchen restaurant in Oklahoma City, Okla. made the decision to close in effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The restaurant [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="The sign letting customers know that Packard's New American Kitchen restaurant in Oklahoma City, Okla. made the decision to close in effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The restaurant [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>The sign letting customers know that Packard's New American Kitchen restaurant in Oklahoma City, Okla. made the decision to close in effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The restaurant [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e2b665e7f387e9b2ebcde966110a9fe4.jpg" alt="Photo - Exterior of a Homeland grocery store as customers make their way to shop in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Exterior of a Homeland grocery store as customers make their way to shop in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Exterior of a Homeland grocery store as customers make their way to shop in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3c28d948193b2157362fe8027de511e8.jpg" alt="Photo - Sauced on Paseo's to go only sign outside the restaurant in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Sauced on Paseo's to go only sign outside the restaurant in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Sauced on Paseo's to go only sign outside the restaurant in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3c95ff4118bc10f24901dd5e57c739a0.jpg" alt="Photo - Stores at Bryant Square Shopping Center are pictured Edmond, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Stores at Bryant Square Shopping Center are pictured Edmond, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Stores at Bryant Square Shopping Center are pictured Edmond, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-2d6d7feeca82183b0d0f2d51814a3738.jpg" alt="Photo - Debi Norris sits at the bar at O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="Debi Norris sits at the bar at O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Debi Norris sits at the bar at O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a65679d7885bae81ec4b8dcde9dd7bbf.jpg" alt="Photo - A green beer sits on the bar next to a customer at O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="A green beer sits on the bar next to a customer at O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A green beer sits on the bar next to a customer at O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille on St. Patricks Day in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. O'Connell's was following the restrictions at the time to have no more than 50 people gathered together and limited the number of customers allowed in at once. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b1184d793478fc39f1e93e793f468153.jpg" alt="Photo - Jeremy Witzke and Kristy Witzke pose for a photograph in the empty Tapwerks Ale House &amp; Cafe in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Jeremy Witzke and Kristy Witzke pose for a photograph in the empty Tapwerks Ale House &amp; Cafe in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Jeremy Witzke and Kristy Witzke pose for a photograph in the empty Tapwerks Ale House &amp; Cafe in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-1fcb7b0394d1612949045a90a41e4691.jpg" alt="Photo - Jeremy Witzke and Kristy Witzke pose for a photograph in the empty Tapwerks Ale House &amp; Cafe in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Jeremy Witzke and Kristy Witzke pose for a photograph in the empty Tapwerks Ale House &amp; Cafe in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Jeremy Witzke and Kristy Witzke pose for a photograph in the empty Tapwerks Ale House &amp; Cafe in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-44f84286f1d0bfd4d8989537098f6904.jpg" alt="Photo - H&amp;H Shooting Sports employee Charles Duvall helps customers as they shop for a gun at H&amp;H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="H&amp;H Shooting Sports employee Charles Duvall helps customers as they shop for a gun at H&amp;H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>H&amp;H Shooting Sports employee Charles Duvall helps customers as they shop for a gun at H&amp;H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c8e1474373526a9517288365345438e1.jpg" alt="Photo - Colton Vetter looks at the selection of guns at H&amp;H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Colton Vetter looks at the selection of guns at H&amp;H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Colton Vetter looks at the selection of guns at H&amp;H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-049f444900fa2f13df1858da2d0683e4.jpg" alt="Photo - A customers takes a closer look at a handgun at H&amp;H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A customers takes a closer look at a handgun at H&amp;H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A customers takes a closer look at a handgun at H&amp;H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-04cbb4026353633b0f97506b2b84ef99.jpg" alt="Photo - A handgun for sale at H&amp;H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A handgun for sale at H&amp;H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A handgun for sale at H&amp;H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-08165b29840a9171a296b7a70e5209b2.jpg" alt="Photo - Ammo for sale on the shelves at H&amp;H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Ammo for sale on the shelves at H&amp;H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Ammo for sale on the shelves at H&amp;H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-16c487d4bebd950631da4a223ded968a.jpg" alt="Photo - Cal Heinrich, right, and Chastin Phillips eat their lunch outside of Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Cal Heinrich, right, and Chastin Phillips eat their lunch outside of Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Cal Heinrich, right, and Chastin Phillips eat their lunch outside of Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-aabc115f10b5dd922fd1380c45696738.jpg" alt="Photo - A sign on the door of the the sushi bar is pictured in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="A sign on the door of the the sushi bar is pictured in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A sign on the door of the the sushi bar is pictured in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ec7f4f129ea65683b58f50f3ff423e43.jpg" alt="Photo - The reflection of Mike Younger and Debby Warren as they eat outside at Earl's Rib Palace can be seen in the doors in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="The reflection of Mike Younger and Debby Warren as they eat outside at Earl's Rib Palace can be seen in the doors in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>The reflection of Mike Younger and Debby Warren as they eat outside at Earl's Rib Palace can be seen in the doors in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-14f9d177dda6bb7bffdb135e739d3409.jpg" alt="Photo - A woman reads a notice on a window of Cities Ice Cream about takeout orders only at the Edmond Railyard location in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="A woman reads a notice on a window of Cities Ice Cream about takeout orders only at the Edmond Railyard location in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A woman reads a notice on a window of Cities Ice Cream about takeout orders only at the Edmond Railyard location in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5cb4dee49fec9effc49869918d32227f.jpg" alt="Photo - Car line up at the pharmacy window at Neighborhood Walmart on Second St in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Car line up at the pharmacy window at Neighborhood Walmart on Second St in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Car line up at the pharmacy window at Neighborhood Walmart on Second St in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-59310b1479c09f8165853ab1b1416f33.jpg" alt="Photo - Take out only notice on the window of Cities Ice Cream at the Edmond Railyard location in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Take out only notice on the window of Cities Ice Cream at the Edmond Railyard location in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Take out only notice on the window of Cities Ice Cream at the Edmond Railyard location in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-91d7b1df53fc5b909d5ec2e9adf9700d.jpg" alt="Photo - A note on the door of Fuzzy's Taco Shop is pictured in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="A note on the door of Fuzzy's Taco Shop is pictured in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A note on the door of Fuzzy's Taco Shop is pictured in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c15d09ae5665f4bc757a544bc4d27d31.jpg" alt="Photo - A sign on the door of Starbucks is pictured in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="A sign on the door of Starbucks is pictured in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A sign on the door of Starbucks is pictured in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9451b4c96ac132ec42d2f5a150b1d835.jpg" alt="Photo - Sheridan Ave is pictured in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Sheridan Ave is pictured in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Sheridan Ave is pictured in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5617133cf60923319f8eed64bf490bf8.jpg" alt="Photo - Bricktown is pictured in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Bricktown is pictured in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Bricktown is pictured in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9798cfc3eecd6a22bcd4bdd63f2f1c3e.jpg" alt="Photo - Bricktown is pictured in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Bricktown is pictured in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Bricktown is pictured in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8b0bbf331294ac8186bf6ee7fece3701.jpg" alt="Photo - Chastin Phillips gets a to-go order from Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Chastin Phillips gets a to-go order from Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Chastin Phillips gets a to-go order from Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c7224df0290babe93eb5614ae9bbbc11.jpg" alt="Photo - Cal Heinrich, right, and Chastin Phillips eat their lunch outside of Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Cal Heinrich, right, and Chastin Phillips eat their lunch outside of Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Cal Heinrich, right, and Chastin Phillips eat their lunch outside of Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-220d19ec95894fc5a4a0232712910a65.jpg" alt="Photo - A sign on the door of Marble Slab Creamery in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="A sign on the door of Marble Slab Creamery in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A sign on the door of Marble Slab Creamery in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-86f03b87239fbcaed824da0dfa125b32.jpg" alt="Photo - The reflection of Mike Younger and Debby Warren as they eat outside at Earl's Rib Palace can be seen in the doors in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="The reflection of Mike Younger and Debby Warren as they eat outside at Earl's Rib Palace can be seen in the doors in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>The reflection of Mike Younger and Debby Warren as they eat outside at Earl's Rib Palace can be seen in the doors in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a0b99f25ebe75837918de90b953f64b1.jpg" alt="Photo - Exterior of Pelican Bay Aquatic Center in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Exterior of Pelican Bay Aquatic Center in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Exterior of Pelican Bay Aquatic Center in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7293bc91c6391f5d6972dfa8df3ddc8d.jpg" alt="Photo - Exterior of Fire Station No. 1 in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Exterior of Fire Station No. 1 in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Exterior of Fire Station No. 1 in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8176a6b21972206f92b88c958a10a8fe.jpg" alt="Photo - Broadway and 1st Street, downtown in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Broadway and 1st Street, downtown in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Broadway and 1st Street, downtown in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7b0b339d45d850d99e505138b158396b.jpg" alt="Photo - Edmond Railyard location in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Edmond Railyard location in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Edmond Railyard location in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-eb61fdb1098bf60ca0e5258501e04fb9.jpg" alt="Photo - Edmond Railyard location in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Edmond Railyard location in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Edmond Railyard location in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-42d14a63b570c1285c9cdba130ce983a.jpg" alt="Photo - Farmers Market in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Farmers Market in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Farmers Market in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6d34d3f9e4b4b7e65689dce8614738d4.jpg" alt="Photo - Hobby Lobby retail store in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Hobby Lobby retail store in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Hobby Lobby retail store in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-36daa255629f71357c6603c0a8244ea5.jpg" alt="Photo - Exterior of food and drink businesses in the Plaza District in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Exterior of food and drink businesses in the Plaza District in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Exterior of food and drink businesses in the Plaza District in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8ade583341ac51e57b04fb0b8d5229c0.jpg" alt="Photo - Edmond Railyard location in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Edmond Railyard location in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Edmond Railyard location in Edmond, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a50b55a5c6ed3595ada8247250d46057.jpg" alt="Photo - infectious disease physician David Chansolme with Integris speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in front of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] " title="infectious disease physician David Chansolme with Integris speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in front of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>infectious disease physician David Chansolme with Integris speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in front of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7c324064e757138dc00d1671ff4f99e2.jpg" alt="Photo - A person wears a mask as they drive away from Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] " title="A person wears a mask as they drive away from Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A person wears a mask as they drive away from Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3d637e98c8c7feeb04f3d848b1b43deb.jpg" alt="Photo - Integris Executive Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive Kerri Bayer speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in front of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] " title="Integris Executive Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive Kerri Bayer speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in front of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Integris Executive Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive Kerri Bayer speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in front of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6847f8f405ec8bb9cf64f1c84208a024.jpg" alt="Photo - Integris Executive Vice President and Chief Physician Executive Tommy Ibrahim speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in front of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] " title="Integris Executive Vice President and Chief Physician Executive Tommy Ibrahim speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in front of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Integris Executive Vice President and Chief Physician Executive Tommy Ibrahim speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in front of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b9f21179d200da44d46585cc8fb09157.jpg" alt="Photo - Infectious disease physician David Chansolme with Integris speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in front of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] " title="Infectious disease physician David Chansolme with Integris speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in front of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Infectious disease physician David Chansolme with Integris speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in front of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6ee0281391d6661803227f26fd20e31d.jpg" alt="Photo - Integris President and CEO Tim Pehrson speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in front of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] " title="Integris President and CEO Tim Pehrson speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in front of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Integris President and CEO Tim Pehrson speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in front of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6672d5c7619cda12c16f8700999e0d54.jpg" alt="Photo - Customers Lynda and Terry Witty shop for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland stores have dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Customers Lynda and Terry Witty shop for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland stores have dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Customers Lynda and Terry Witty shop for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland stores have dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-684a0c40d986caee6b403b567dd3bb6f.jpg" alt="Photo - Lavae Downey shops for vegetables at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Lavae Downey shops for vegetables at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Lavae Downey shops for vegetables at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6703b14eb37ce819c283c0a172843dbb.jpg" alt="Photo - Assistant manager Betty Black stocks her last box of paper towels at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Assistant manager Betty Black stocks her last box of paper towels at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Assistant manager Betty Black stocks her last box of paper towels at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c2e018439e5a6da618f6a8854486294e.jpg" alt="Photo - Customers Shirley and Charles Lee shop for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Customers Shirley and Charles Lee shop for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Customers Shirley and Charles Lee shop for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-65521fc04ec1d6b62ec76cfa363ddc2c.jpg" alt="Photo - Customer DeWayne Orr looks in the window as he waits for the doors to open at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Customer DeWayne Orr looks in the window as he waits for the doors to open at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Customer DeWayne Orr looks in the window as he waits for the doors to open at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-bd50cb0a1d3ca8970fb74b6bce7f953c.jpg" alt="Photo - A customer shops for groceries at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A customer shops for groceries at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A customer shops for groceries at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-10c53fdd311c74fc05b1fcc29013d241.jpg" alt="Photo - Customer DeWayne Orr shops for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Customer DeWayne Orr shops for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Customer DeWayne Orr shops for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-323a34b8d7525741299507c75b2e9084.jpg" alt="Photo - Customer Tommy Hinson gets a couple cartons of eggs at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland stores have dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Customer Tommy Hinson gets a couple cartons of eggs at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland stores have dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Customer Tommy Hinson gets a couple cartons of eggs at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland stores have dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e709a7d43dd6bf3e2cb81869a33ab34d.jpg" alt="Photo - Customers Charles and Shirley Lee shop for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Customers Charles and Shirley Lee shop for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Customers Charles and Shirley Lee shop for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f2263005a29adc23a4ea37ab4b58ed06.jpg" alt="Photo - Linda Laverty puts her groceries on the belt to checkout after shopping at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Linda Laverty puts her groceries on the belt to checkout after shopping at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Linda Laverty puts her groceries on the belt to checkout after shopping at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-423ec024022c9e28581a14fc86a5b060.jpg" alt="Photo - Customer Shirley Lee wears a glove as she shops for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Customer Shirley Lee wears a glove as she shops for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Customer Shirley Lee wears a glove as she shops for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d2834ed7e117ab849bfa17492b5cea46.jpg" alt="Photo - Customers Terry and Lynda Witty shop for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland stores have dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Customers Terry and Lynda Witty shop for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland stores have dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Customers Terry and Lynda Witty shop for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland stores have dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e203f2ed88f5603c72d966fd38d1311f.jpg" alt="Photo - Assistant manager Betty Black, left, talks with customers Terry and Lynda Witty as they shop for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Assistant manager Betty Black, left, talks with customers Terry and Lynda Witty as they shop for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Assistant manager Betty Black, left, talks with customers Terry and Lynda Witty as they shop for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-750dcc94fc9572b2fff2f1fbc2de8f52.jpg" alt="Photo - Lavae Downey shops for vegetables at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Lavae Downey shops for vegetables at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Lavae Downey shops for vegetables at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-207c79c48101ebf9a35be785df4f053b.jpg" alt="Photo - Customer Tommy Hinson shops for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland stores have dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Customer Tommy Hinson shops for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland stores have dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Customer Tommy Hinson shops for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland stores have dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0ee1f52e1046e24216e29b4d6d7ec52b.jpg" alt="Photo - A crew member pushes shopping carts in from the parking lot at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A crew member pushes shopping carts in from the parking lot at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A crew member pushes shopping carts in from the parking lot at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure>
Nolan Clay

Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,... Read more ›

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