Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that he’s the first governor in the United States to test positive for the coronavirus and that he is isolating at home.
Stitt has backed one of the country’s most aggressive reopening plans, resisted any statewide mandate on masks and rarely wears one himself.
“We respect people’s rights … to not wear a mask,” Stitt said during Wednesday’s news conference, which was held virtually.
Stitt’s announcement came as Oklahoma reported a second consecutive day of record-high numbers of confirmed virus cases, with 1,075 new cases, bringing the statewide total to more than 22,000.
Health officials also confirmed four additional COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the statewide death toll to 432.