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As the coronavirus spread across the state and nation in March, emergency phone calls increased in Oklahoma City while arrests and the number of bookings into Oklahoma County jail dropped dramatically.

Emergency calls increased 2.6%, from 52,462 in March 2019 to 53,816 last month. That number was slightly above the 53,672 emergency calls in March 2018, according to figures provided by the Oklahoma City Police Department.

The total number of people booked into Oklahoma County jail by Oklahoma City police in March dropped more than 18%, from 1,528 to 1,248 compared to the same month last year.

Authorities say shelter-in-place orders mean fewer arrests on the street. Under normal circumstances, many arrests stem from traffic stops and officers discovering outstanding warrants, said Police Master Sgt. Gary Knight.

“There's so many fewer people out on the roadways right now, so many doing what we encouraged them to do — shelter-in-place and stay inside,” Knight said. “A lot of them are traffic stop arrests. There’s not nearly as many people out there driving. I don’t want to attribute all of it to that, but that’s certainly part of it.”

Relatively few changes have been made in police shifts and deployment, though some school resource officers are on the street now, Knight said. Staff in the Records Unit is asked to spread out and keep a safe social distance.

“It's pretty much business as usual,” Knight said. “But if we feel sick at all or have flu-like symptoms, stay home. You do no one any good when you show up and spread that virus to other officers.”

Last month, there were 2,224 inmates booked at Oklahoma County jail, down about 26% from March 2019, when total bookings reached 3,011, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The average daily bookings fell 25%, from 97.13 to 71.74 compared to March last year. The average daily population at the jail dropped a little more than 5%, from 1,768 inmates to 1,671.

On April 1, the total number of inmates fell to 1,477.

Sheriff's spokesperson Mark Myers told The Oklahoma he hasn’t seen such low numbers in years.

The court system has released inmates deemed safe in public, outside counties have picked up inmates booked in Oklahoma County on warrants, and police agencies are arresting fewer people, Myers said.

“You add all those things together, and that’s why you’re seeing the dip,” he said. “It was a team effort.”

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<strong>Arrests and the number of bookings into jails has dropped dramatically since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Arrests and the number of bookings into jails has dropped dramatically since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

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Friday, March 27, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Goro Ramen patio sits empty in The Plaza District, usually crowded on a Friday night, is bare because of the stay-at-home orders issued my Mayor Holt and Governor Stitt to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Friday, March 27, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Goro Ramen patio sits empty in The Plaza District, usually crowded on a Friday night, is bare because of the stay-at-home orders issued my Mayor Holt and Governor Stitt to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Friday, March 27, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-efe702f23346e2b0eede6f4b30685e21.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. 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Walnut looking south towards Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty streets along the Dr. G. E. Finely bridge on N. Walnut looking south towards Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d8461c3841cd39a64d783429cb602f6f.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-be83145cd6c3ec74293890226104c761.jpg" alt="Photo - Two people walk across an empty Bricktown parking lot in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Two people walk across an empty Bricktown parking lot in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Two people walk across an empty Bricktown parking lot in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-765243d1329b62bb96d7bb8a8343de97.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty streets in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty streets in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty streets in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7f31c41a7f95a321bfe653f62b3b292f.jpg" alt="Photo - An empty street car in the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="An empty street car in the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>An empty street car in the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-118e91e393b46375f3a11bf695470422.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty streets in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty streets in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty streets in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-1a53cee4b0099f0c29063dd3fdcbb73f.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-fb89c699be16d2f87c53c2d359b446c4.jpg" alt="Photo - The Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="The Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>The Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-db9c8c865582beaae49df638473e1112.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. 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[Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-15a45913c7899c5bdc89dc810457d156.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-54c9334cddd4bb2a6cfacf3c8baa877e.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-32a103db6c2ac600401e304008e37ca5.jpg" alt="Photo - James E. McNellie's Public House is pictured in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="James E. McNellie's Public House is pictured in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>James E. McNellie's Public House is pictured in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-330c881995abac55f3c98772a3b4d5a4.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-1f1738ed68e428c7dd11ab68b24d127b.jpg" alt="Photo - The Jones Assembly is pictured in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="The Jones Assembly is pictured in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>The Jones Assembly is pictured in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c10538a0313c2702460f1e7b3b3c2062.jpg" alt="Photo - James E. McNellie's Public House is pictured in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="James E. McNellie's Public House is pictured in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>James E. McNellie's Public House is pictured in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-19ba4815c0ffde65678f8a67cf8b9fc6.jpg" alt="Photo - Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0af9be08a346dc738501ec7f6154b7a2.jpg" alt="Photo - Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6a0f13e65c3ddbc3e282decea8955724.jpg" alt="Photo - Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4b64c357f5f3c8bbfd59cf95b567d293.jpg" alt="Photo - Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6e59dcc3c590c40cf570facb1bc6fecb.jpg" alt="Photo - Rumble waves to medical staff during a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Rumble waves to medical staff during a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Rumble waves to medical staff during a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-573fd0098679e566086e81a6210e548d.jpg" alt="Photo - Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-69cb109d581393dda0ad533de38d58ef.jpg" alt="Photo - A person records a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="A person records a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A person records a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b4e3e2fc3b7b8fa14525cd18582dae87.jpg" alt="Photo - Rumble waves to medical staff during a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Rumble waves to medical staff during a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Rumble waves to medical staff during a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-14845427d72073bc95b6161eb0df6bb7.jpg" alt="Photo - A person records a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="A person records a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A person records a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5e6e977d234f94c0324e87ba62ee8bc3.jpg" alt="Photo - Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Medical staff wave to a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c5a54a2ed3b7957c6402c676467bf417.jpg" alt="Photo - People watch a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="People watch a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>People watch a parade of emergency vehicles during a headlights and flashing lights for Hope at the Chidlren's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 3, 2020. The Oklahoma City Police, Oklahoma City Fire Department, OU Police, EMSA, Oklahoma County Sheriffs and Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble paraded around the OU Medical Center to show support for medical staff and patients at the of the Children's Hospital and the campus. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure>
Josh Dulaney

Josh Dulaney joined The Oklahoman in November 2016. Dulaney is a California Newspaper Publishers Association award winner for his writing. In both 2018 and 2019 he earned newspaper writer of the year honors from the Great Plains Journalism Awards. Read more ›

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