Oklahoma’s governor says he has tested positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus

FILE – In this July 9, 2020, file photo Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City. Stitt announced Wednesday, July 15, 2020, that he’s tested positive for the coronavirus and that he is isolating at home. The first-term Republican governor has backed one of the country’s most aggressive reopening plans, has resisted any statewide mandate on masks and rarely wears one himself. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (News Nation/KFOR/AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday he’s the first governor in the United States to test positive for the coronavirus and that he is isolating at home.

Stitt, 48, said he mostly feels fine, although he started feeling “a little achy” on Tuesday and sought a test. He said his wife and children were also tested Tuesday and that none of them have tested positive.

Stitt attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa last month, which is one of “several large events” health experts said likely contributed to an increase in coronavirus cases there. Stitt said he’s confident he didn’t contract the virus at the rally.

“As far as where he became infected, it’s really unknown,” Oklahoma Health Commissioner Lance Frye said. “It wasn’t so far back as the rally,” which took place nearly a month ago.

Stitt’s announcement came as Oklahoma reported a second consecutive day of record-high numbers of confirmed virus cases, with 1,075 new cases, bringing the statewide total to more than 22,000. The previous daily high was 993 confirmed cases on Tuesday. Health officials also confirmed four additional COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the statewide death toll to 432.

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations also are rising in Oklahoma, increasing from 458 last week to 561 on Wednesday. Frye said there is still plenty of hospital capacity, with more than 240 hospital beds available for patients statewide.

“I want to use my story to remind Oklahomans that if you’re not feeling well, we want you to get tested,” Stitt said.

One of Stitt’s cabinet members, David Ostrowe, tested positive for the coronavirus in March.

At this point, Stitt says he is not considering a mask mandate for the state.

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