Gov. Kevin Stitt announces positive COVID-19 test, isolation from family

OKLAHOMA CITY —

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday morning that he has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first governor in the U.S. known to have contracted the virus.

The news comes as Oklahoma health officials reported a new record high for the state in terms of coronavirus cases. They said 1,075 more Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first time the state has had more than 1,000 new cases in a 24-hour period.

Stitt said he was shocked to find out he’s the first governor in the country to get the virus, adding that he’s doing well and is isolating from his family.

“I’ll be taking precautions. I’m now isolating away from my family. I’ll be working from home until it’s safe for me to get back to normal,” Stitt said.

The governor said he doesn’t know where or how he got infected. He added that he doesn’t regret his decision to hardly ever wear a mask in public when close to others, as recommended by health officials.

“No, I don’t really second-guess anything,” Stitt said. “Obviously, I’ve gone outside. I’m at a baseball game for my kid; took my kids. I gassed up at a gas station, I could’ve touched a gas pump. You start second-guessing and wondering all those different things of how you could’ve gotten it.”

Just hours before testing positive Tuesday, Stitt was at a meeting at the state Capitol. Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell was also at the meeting. He’s now isolating and getting tested.

Stitt said there are still no plans to roll back reopening across the state or to implement a statewide mask mandate.

“We want to give businesses the freedom. We know some businesses are mandating masks, and that’s great. But you can’t pick and choose what freedoms you’re going to give people,” Stitt said.

First Lady Sarah Stitt and their children have tested negative for the virus.

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