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Loveda Kennedy and her daughter Belle, 12, recently joined forces to drop off hot meals to El Reno senior adults.

The Okarche duo stepped up to deliver food together as some of El Reno Mobile Meals' volunteers have had to step away in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

"I reached out and said, 'Tell me where and when I'm needed.' It was really important to me that this doesn't get shut down because there are so many that rely on it," Kennedy, a third-generation Mobile Meals volunteer, said Tuesday.

Welcoming more temporary volunteers is among the latest developments experienced by metro area meal programs serving the homebound.

"We are starting an on-call list, recognizing that we may lose people who are normally volunteering and now they're not — if they get ill, they're on self-quarantine or shouldn't be out," said Amy Neathery, board president of El Reno Mobile Meals.

"You could say these new volunteers are kind of a second line of defense."

Neathery's nonprofit isn't the only meal program modifying the way they serve their clients to prevent the spread of the virus.

Notably, Meals on Wheels OKC plans to deliver 875 "pantry packs" on Wednesday to homebound older adults for whom isolation isn't an option. The packs, provided by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, will include more than 30 pounds of emergency shelf-stable food, including canned vegetables, soups, meats, cereal, shelf-stable milk, and pasta.

Beth Armstrong, spokeswoman for St. Luke's United Methodist Church, said meal recipients are looking forward to the food packs. Ending Hunger OKC, the parent organization of Meals on Wheels OKC, is a food ministry of St. Luke's.

"They do know it's coming and they are very excited. These are items that have a longer shelf life so it's a little bit of a deviation from what they normally get," Armstrong said Tuesday.

Meals are still on the move.

Changes made for safety

Probably the biggest change for some metro-area meal programs is the trend toward delivering meals a few days a week instead of daily.

In El Reno, the Kennedys delivered two days of meals on Monday and they planned to deliver three days of meals on Wednesday.

"Our No. 1 mission statement is to make sure those people get meals," Neathery said. "We changed some things and put in some safeguards the best we know how."

Cristi Twenter, executive director of Edmond Mobile Meals, said her agency also switched to a similar format on Monday.

She said her program volunteers would deliver a week's worth of meals on two days a week, compared to delivering meals on five days a week, which was their typical schedule. LiKe Neathery in El Reno, Twenter said decreased delivery days is designed to keep both delivery volunteers and the people they serve safe, with fewer opportunities to spread COVID-19.

Twenter said most programs across the country affiliated with Meals on Wheels America have changed to a similar delivery model.

More participants in need

Meanwhile, the number of people signing up for Meals on Wheels OKC has increased in recent days. The program coordinates 59 churches and organizations that prepare and deliver meals to more than 700 homebound seniors.

"Last week, we added almost 100 new people to the group that is being fed right now with our Meals on Wheels program. The need is greater than ever," the Rev. Bob Long, St. Luke's senior pastor, said in a news release.

Like Long, Lynn Haynes said Meals on Wheels of Norman has seen a surge in new participants in light of the global pandemic.

"It's a huge influx. We've probably had 20 new people who started in the last week," she said.

Haynes, executive director of the Norman program, said volunteers typically deliver about 300 meals to homebound people who are elderly, disabled or ill Monday through Friday. She said the program would continue delivering meals five days a week but volunteers are adjusting their behavior accordingly.

"We are practicing the 6-feet-apart social distancing so we are leaving the meals at doors," she said.

A phone call away

The El Reno and Edmond programs have both begun "phone pal' programs to stay connected to participants who previously interacted with volunteers on a daily basis.

Neathery in El Reno said many of the volunteers making daily phone calls to participants are teachers and members of local churches whose work situations have changed under the current crisis.

Twenter, with Edmond Mobile Meals, said hopefully the phone calls will help alleviate a sense of isolation that homebound people may feel during the coronavirus outbreak. She said volunteers will ask program participants a set of general questions to make sure they are OK and they will also find out if the individuals have unmet needs that must be addressed.

"Some of our folks, the meal that we provide is the only meal they will eat that day and our volunteer will be the only person or contact they see that day. And some of our seniors are going to feel even more isolated if they're not seeing us every day," Twenter said.

"We know we're the safety net for these folks."

HOW TO HELP

Meals on Wheels OKC

Volunteers are needed to help deliver "pantry packs" to homebound older adults. There is no sign up. Volunteers are asked to show up at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church's south parking lot at NW 14 and Harvey Avenue.

Volunteers will not get out of their vehicle. They will drive through the church's parking lot where the boxes will be placed into their vehicle. Drivers will be given an address for the delivery. St. Luke's leaders said all safety measures and CDC guidelines will be practiced, and volunteers are urged to make sure they are symptom-free of COVID-19 before participating.

For more information or to make a donation, go to https://www.endinghungerokc.org/meals-on-wheels.

Other meal programs, their list of needs and contact information, include:

• Edmond Mobile Meals, needs donations of paper goods, hand wipes, sanitizer and funds, 341-3111; https://edmondmobilemeals.org.

• El Reno Mobile Meals, needs donations of canned soup, bread, 262-8623.

• Meals on Wheels of Norman, needs donations of canned goods, Ensure, toilet paper, Clorox wipes and disposable gloves for drivers, 321-7272; https://www.mealsonwheelsnorman.com.

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<strong>Dennis Wallis helps package meals for delivery at Edmond Mobile Meals. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</strong>

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[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>
Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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