OKLAHOMA CITY– Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt revealed Wednesday that he has actually evaluated positive for the coronavirus which he is isolating in your home, making him the first U.S. guv to report testing positive.
OKLAHOMA CITY– Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that he has checked positive for the coronavirus which he is isolating at home, making him the very first U.S. guv to report screening positive.
Stitt, 48, said he mainly feels fine, although he started feeling “a little throbbing” Tuesday and sought a test. He stated his better half and kids were also tested Tuesday and that none of their outcomes returned positive.
Stitt has backed among the nation’s most aggressive reopening plans, resisted any statewide mandate on masks and hardly ever wears one himself.
” We respect individuals’s rights … to not use a mask,” Stitt said during Wednesday’s press conference, which was held virtually. “You simply open up a big can of worms.
” A great deal of companies are requiring it, and that’s great,” he said. “I’m simply reluctant to mandate something that I think is troublesome to impose.”
Stitt attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa last month, which health professionals have actually said most likely added to a rise in coronavirus cases there.
Stitt stated he’s confident he didn’t contract the infection at the rally.
” As far as where he became infected, it’s actually unknown,” Oklahoma Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye stated. “It wasn’t so far back as the rally,” which took place almost a month back.
Many people contaminated by the new coronavirus develop moderate or moderate symptoms and recover after about 2 weeks.
The governor doesn’t have any hidden medical conditions that would make him particularly vulnerable to serious issues associated with the infection, Stitt’s spokesman Charlie Hannema stated.
Frye said contact tracing has begun in Stitt’s case, with a specific focus on determining those who might have been within 6 feet of the guv for longer than 15 minutes.
In recent months, Stitt has actually gone to various conferences and interview in which he remained in close contact with individuals without wearing a mask. And he came under fire early in the pandemic after he tweeted a picture of himself and his children consuming at a crowded dining establishment.
Among Stitt’s cabinet members, David Ostrowe, checked favorable for the coronavirus in March.
On Tuesday early morning, Stitt attended a conference of the Commissioners of the Land Office in a meeting room at the
Stitt stated he has reached out to Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell and Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur whom he stated he talked to throughout the conference. Pinnell stated on Twitter that he’s not experiencing any infection symptoms but that he prepares to be checked and will quarantine in your home.
Stitt also went to a conference earlier this month with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is considering Tulsa as a possible site for the automaker’s new U.S. assembly plant.
A Tulsa restaurant that Stitt checked out last week, Kai Vietnamese Cuisine, revealed on its Facebook page that it was closing temporarily so that its personnel can be tested and the dining establishment expertly cleaned.
Stitt’s announcement came as Oklahoma reported a second successive day of record-high numbers of validated new infection cases, with 1,075, bringing the statewide total to more than 22,000
Coronavirus-related hospitalizations likewise are rising in Oklahoma, increasing from 458 last week to 561 on Wednesday, although Frye said there is still lots of health center capacity.
While Stitt has resisted calls for a statewide mask required, several local towns have actually enacted one, including the college towns of Norman and Stillwater. Tulsa’s city board is expected to think about a mask mandate on Wednesday.
Dr. George Monks, the president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, said Stitt’s medical diagnosis is an “regrettable reminder that nobody is safe from this rampant pandemic.”
” On behalf of Oklahoma’s doctors, we wish the guv a fast healing and motivate all Oklahomans to take protective steps that can help slow the spread of coronavirus.”
Sean Murphy, The Associated Press