Oklahoma Governor Stitt Tests Positive for COVID-19

July 15, 2020 - 1:51 pm

    A U.S. Governor has tested positive for coronavirus for the first time.

    Republican Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has COVID-19 and is reportedly isolating at home. 

    "I feel fine, I felt a little bit achy yesterday, I didn't have a fever...just a little achy" said Stitt.

    The first-term Governor has backed one of the country's most aggressive reopening plans and has resisted statewide calls for a facemask mandate. 

    Oklahoma reported 1,075 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to more than 22,000. Health officials also confirmed four additional COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the statewide death toll to 432.

    “We respect people’s rights to not wear a mask," Stitt said during a virtual news conference. “You just open up a big can of worms."

    “A lot of businesses are requiring it, and that’s fine. I’m just hesitant to mandate something that I think is problematic to enforce," Stitt said.

    Oklahoma has seen a dramatic increase in coronavirus cases. 

    Stitt said his wife and children were also tested Tuesday and that none of them have tested positive.

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