Stitt went to Trump's Tulsa rally, didn't wear a mask, and like the rest of them, didn't social distance. He said at the time, appearing on Fox News, "If you feel safer at home, we don’t want you to come to that rally, but if you do feel OK, we want you to come to the rally and have a good time. We’re going to be very safe."
Source: KOCO, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced during a news conference Wednesday morning that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Stitt said the positive test result came back at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. He said he feels fine, but he had a little bit of fever and body aches. Stitt said he is now isolated at home, away from his family and he will continue working.
Stitt’s wife, Sarah and his children have tested negative, he said.
The governor said he would not have been contagious since before Saturday. He said he's working with contact tracers.
Stitt said he believes he's the first governor in the nation to test positive for the virus.
Appearing on Fox News before Trump's Tulsa rally, Stitt said this:
"My response to those folks, the naysayers, is ‘When is the right time?’ The coronavirus is in the United States, it’s in Oklahoma, we have to take precautions, but we have the freedoms to stay at home. You have the freedoms to come to this rally."
"We just believe in freedoms in Oklahoma. If you want to wear a mask, we want you to do it. If you feel safer at home, we don’t want you to come to that rally, but if you do feel OK, we want you to come to the rally and have a good time. We’re going to be very safe."
Famous last words, eh Governor?
Nope, he still won't "second-guess" his choices. And no mask mandate either.
Stitt said "I'm not thinking about a mask mandate at all," adding on Wednesday that there was still "plenty of runway" regarding hospital bed and equipment capacity.
"Do we have coronavirus in Oklahoma? Absolutely," Stitt said, but he said he wanted to avoid "going back in the bunker."
Stitt on June 30 held a news conference to urge Oklahomans to wear masks when they can’t social distance. It was the first time since the pandemic began that he wore a mask at a news conference.
He said he does not second-guess his personal choices not to wear a mask despite testing positive.