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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Hofmeister proposes distance learning to keep school buildings closed

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Oklahoma public schools could remain closed for the rest of the school year, as all learning would take place at a distance to protect from the coronavirus pandemic.

State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister announced Monday she would recommend a Continuous Learning Plan for public schools to finish the school year without in-person instruction. Extracurricular activities would not take place at schools, either.

Hofmeister said the new approach is “far from ideal, but necessary” in her announcement Monday afternoon.

“I have faith in the commitment, innovation and creativity of Oklahoma educators and administrators,” Hofmeister said. “Many districts across our state have utilized online instruction already and likely will be able to hit the ground running. Other districts have significant technology limitations, while some might opt for instructional materials delivered to students.”

Hofmeister will present her plan to the Oklahoma State Board of Education during its meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Board members will meet virtually.

The state board of education voted last week to close all public schools in the state until April 6, with no instruction, grading or activities allowed to take place.

Under the Continuous Learning Plan, all school districts would be expected to provide “distance learning” for the remainder of the semester beginning April 6.

Hofmeister said school districts have already begun planning alternative methods for teaching, and their top priority should be ensuring high school seniors stay on track to graduate this year.

Distance learning methods will “vary widely” based on the needs and resources of each school district, according to the announcement.

Schools will begin teaching remotely once they have provided assurances to the state Education Department that they have a distance learning plan, as well as special services for English learners and special education students.

“We recognize this reality will present challenges for many families and districts, but these are extraordinary times that call for extraordinary measures,” Hofmeister said. “This coordinated, swift and thoughtful action will help safeguard the health and well-being of our communities, students and professionals in public schools. We must do absolutely everything in our power to reduce transmission of coronavirus.”

OETA, Oklahoma’s public TV network, will broadcast instructional daytime programming for pre-K through 12th grade students in partnership with the state agency.

The Education Department is also exploring how the federal government could help improve internet connection in some districts.

The state board of education could vote on a number of waivers that would give districts more flexibility during the pandemic, such as altering school calendars and loosening restrictions on school funds.

The U.S. Department of Education approved federal waivers to suspend Oklahoma state tests this school year and to allow schools to continue serving meals while their buildings are closed.

In Oklahoma City Public Schools, the largest school district in the state, questions remain for how to provide an equitable distance education to all students, regardless of their family’s economic status.

Superintendent Sean McDaniel said the district’s first priority was to continue meal service because without it, some students wouldn’t have food to eat. The district will release a plan for continued instruction after the state board of education takes action Wednesday.

“We have to rely on each other,” McDaniel said Monday while visiting a meal distribution site at Rockwood Elementary. “We’ve got to rely on our community partners. We’ve got to rely on information we can share with other school districts, not just here but in other states that have crossed over these same bridges.

“We’ve got needs that look different depending on where you go in the city. And so, our responsibility is to try and go meet those needs the very best that we can.”

The district’s equity team found two focus areas of student needs: survival, then learning.

District Chief of Equity and Accountability Rebecca Kaye said providing school meals will help meet students’ survival needs. The district is handing out grab-and-go meals at all 33 elementary schools and at six public parks.

This could give basic nutrition to children battling economic insecurity, food deserts and homelessness, Kaye said.

A digital divide presents a barrier to online learning. Kaye said some families have no internet at home, and others lack the technology devices needed for virtual schooling.

“We don’t know today how many of our families don’t have high-speed internet as a utility in their homes,” Kaye said. “We know that most of our families have a cellphone or a smartphone, some kind of mobile access, but a lot of times there are data limitations on those plans.”

The 39,000 students who attend Oklahoma City schools collectively live in about 18,000 households, Kaye said. The district is working with internet providers, such as Cox Communications, to determine how many of those homes don’t have quality internet connection.

Cox’s Connect2Compete program is providing a free month of home internet to families with school-aged children who qualify for government subsidy programs, such as SNAP, the National School Lunch Program, TANF or public housing. Home wireless internet will cost $9.95 a month after the free period.

The company is working to connect families with devices through PCs for People, a nonprofit that provides low-cost computers and technology to people below the poverty level.

“There’s a lot of anxiety, so we want to do what we can to alleviate some of that, to bring that down a little bit,” McDaniel said. “We’re going to get through this, but it’s a grind right now. There’s no doubt about that.”

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<strong>A family arrives at the drive thru for the Oklahoma City Public School's free breakfast and lunch service for students as OKCPS holds their first day of providing free meals to students while schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic with walk-up and drive-thru service at Rockwood Elementary in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, March 23, 2020. The district will be providing free meals to students at 42 sites around the district during the coronavirus pandemic school closings. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</strong>

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[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>
Nuria Martinez-Keel

Nuria Martinez-Keel joined The Oklahoman in 2019. She found a home at the newspaper while interning in summer 2016 and 2017. Nuria returned to The Oklahoman for a third time after working a year and a half at the Sedalia Democrat in Sedalia,... Read more ›

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