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As the coronavirus pandemic places incredible stress on the world's aviation and aerospace industry, it also has grounded a major annual effort to recruit companies in that sector to Oklahoma.

Each year, a delegation of Oklahoma civic leaders joins aerospace and defense business leaders for a recruiting trip across the Atlantic. The Paris and Farnborough (U.K.) air shows are the largest gatherings of their kind where companies and commerce officials from around the world can meet face-to-face.

Held in alternating years, the air shows give Oklahoma a chance to lure business. Last week, officials with the Farnborough International Airshow canceled the event, which was scheduled for July.

"A few weeks ago this would have been unimaginable. That shows how quickly things have changed and how hard the aerospace industry has been hit," said retired Air Force Gen. Don Wetekam, director of the Oklahoma Aerospace Commerce Economic Services program. "Farnborough is one of the largest and most prestigious airshows on the planet."

Oklahoma's aerospace sector is one of the fastest-growing and largest industries in the state. For years, the governor and top economic development officials have led a team that spends days meeting with exhibitors and companies who might relocate or otherwise send business to Oklahoma.

Farnborough sits on the outskirts of London and draws more than 1,500 exhibitors and 80,000 visitors over five days. At this event and its sister air show in Paris, Oklahoma has secured "wins" for aerospace and defense contractors looking to do business across the world.

For example, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce began discussions with United Kingdom-based defense contractor Cobham plc at the 2016 Farnborough Airshow. Three years later, the company announced it would open an office near Tinker Air Force Base to support components it makes for the KC-46A Pegasus refueling tanker.

“It’s the world's biggest showcase for defense and so many others within the aviation arena," said state Sen. Paul Rosino, who works frequently on aerospace and aviation policy in state government. "Oklahoma has always been well represented and has benefited from these events. However, the safety and health concerns caused from the coronavirus outbreak should not be taken lightly and as unfortunate as this may be, it's understandable.”

The dual air shows have endured through global hardships, turmoil and economic strain, noted Rick Nagel, managing partner of Acorn Growth Companies.

Acorn is a private equity firm investing exclusively in aerospace, defense and intelligence. Nagel planned to travel from Oklahoma City to Farnborough again this year. The air show's cancellation is a "two-fer" hit to an industry already struggling to stay aloft with manufacturing slowdowns and fewer airline travelers.

"It's difficult when you get one of the most stressful moments in time, in the history of manned commercial flight, where a gathering like that won't take place to build the proper momentum to see our way out of this," Nagel said.

The fact that the event was canceled for everyone, not just Oklahoma, is a silver lining.

"It's not like anybody has an advantage over us," said Nagel. "And I think that when the storm clouds lift, we'll pick up right where we left off."

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<strong>An Airbus A-380 approaches to land as locals gather to watch during a flight display at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2008. Air show officials have canceled the industry event, which draws business leaders and governments from across the world. [LEFTERIS PITARAKIS/AP FILE]</strong>

An Airbus A-380 approaches to land as locals gather to watch during a flight display at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2008. Air show officials have canceled the industry event, which draws business leaders and governments from across the world. [LEFTERIS PITARAKIS/AP FILE]

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[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>
Dale Denwalt

Dale Denwalt has closely followed state policy and politics since his first internship as an Oklahoma Capitol reporter in 2006. He graduated from Northeastern State University in his hometown of Tahlequah. Denwalt worked as a news reporter in... Read more ›

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