Oklahoma Gov Kevin Stitt “Shocked” To Test Positive For COVID-19 Despite Not Wearing A Mask.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 14 million people, claiming more than 607,232 lives across the world.
“Face masks could help to reduce transmission in the community particularly if used in public transport and crowded areas,” says Ben Cowling, head of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Hong Kong, BBC reported
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, who recently attended Trump’s Tulsa campaign rally and didn’t wear a mask, confirmed Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. He is the first U.S. governor to report a positive test.
“I was pretty shocked that I was the first governor to get it,” Stitt said at a press conference Wednesday. When asked if he regrets his choice to not wear a mask, he said, “I don’t really second guess anything.”
The majority of the 6,200 attendees at Trump’s June 20 Tulsa rally were not wearing masks. Gov. Kelvin Stitt and Oklahoma State Health Commissioner Lance Frye “said the event was too long ago” to have been the source of the governor’s infection, “adding that the exposure could have been at any point in the past two weeks.”
In the past two weeks, Stitt has met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Oklahoma tribal leaders, and several state officials without wearing a mask.
Oklahoma, like many states in the U.S., has seen a record rise in cases in recent weeks. State health officials reported “another single-day high for new COVID-19 cases” on Tuesday — 993 cases, bringing the state’s confirmed count since March to 21,738. In a press conference Wednesday, Stitt said he feels “fine” and that “it feels a little bit just like an achy cold.” More than 420 Oklahomans have died from COVID-19.
“I’m not thinking about a mask mandate at all,” Stitt said Wednesday. The same day, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R ) announced a mask mandate for her state, as her state’s death toll grew to more than 1,100 from more than 56,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
As of July 15, 25 states now have mask mandates, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. June 30 was “the first time since the pandemic began” that Gov. Stitt wore a mask at a news conference. At the time, he asked Oklahomans to wear masks when they can’t social distance.
Gov. Stitt also said he believes there is “plenty of runway” with equipment and hospital bed capacity in Oklahoma. In neighboring Texas, hospitals are running out of “drugs, beds, ventilators and even staff,” The Texas Tribune.
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Oklahoma Gov Kevin Stitt “Shocked” To Test Positive For COVID-19 Despite Not Wearing A Mask
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