Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt stated Wednesday he had examined positive for coronavirus, and was believed to be the first governor to have contracted the extremely contagious virus because the pandemic spreads throughout the US.
“I personally get examined periodically all through this complete factor,” Stitt stated throughout a information convention updating residents on the virus, the Oklahoman reported.
“I acquired examined yesterday for COVID-19 and the outcomes got here again positive.”
Stitt, a 47-year-old father of six, stated he was feeling “wonderful” however had minor physique aches on Tuesday.
The revelation got here as Oklahoma noticed a surge of coronavirus circumstances.
State officers stated 4 extra individuals had died, bringing the entire to 428, and that there have been 546 people who find themselves hospitalized with confirmed or suspected circumstances of the virus.
Stitt, a Republican, has confronted criticism for not doing extra to reply to the state’s rising variety of positive circumstances and hospitalizations, the paper reported.
He inspired Oklahomans to put on face masks in public when social distancing was not potential, however hardly ever wears a masks in public himself.
The revelation got here a day after Democratic state Rep. Jason Lowe referred to as on Stitt to situation a masks mandate after the Oklahoma Division of Well being reported Tuesday that just about 1,000 extra individuals examined positive for coronavirus, in accordance to Fox25 TV in Oklahoma Metropolis.
“As a COVID-19 survivor, seeing the speedy rise in circumstances is alarming. Oklahomans should know that the pandemic is removed from over and that we nonetheless should do what we are able to to defend ourselves and our neighborhood,” Lowe stated.
He recommended the mayors of Oklahoma Metropolis, Tulsa and Norman for taking steps to enact masks mandates in public areas and personal companies and believed the state ought to do the identical.
“So as to restrict the unfold of COVID-19, we should comply with the directives of the CDC and our healthcare professionals, all of which who advocate for the widespread use of masks. Issues of public well being ought to by no means be partisan. I urge Governor Stitt to comply with within the steps of fellow governors and put the well being and security of Oklahomans first and mandate that masks be worn in public areas and personal companies,” he stated.
Stitt has stated he has no plans to situation a statewide masks mandate.
President Trump staged a rally in Tulsa final month, and although attendance was sparse, native well being officers have linked it to a spike in circumstances within the area. Eight Trump marketing campaign officers examined positive simply prior to the occasion.
Nationally, there are greater than 3.Three million confirmed circumstances within the US, and greater than 135,000 individuals have died, in accordance to the CDC.