Gov. Stitt says he tested positive for COVID-19

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt tested positive for COVID-19, he announced in a Zoom news conference Wednesday morning.

The announcement came as the state reported more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus -- a new one-day record to that point.

Stitt said he gets tested regularly and got results back from a test on Tuesday morning that said he had tested positive for the virus.

Stitt says he felt “achy” earlier in the week but is asymptomatic.

The governor held his news conference Wednesday from his home where he says he’ll be continuing to work and canceling his upcoming appearances.

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“I was pretty shocked I was the first governor to get it,” Stitt says.

He says he doesn’t know where he would’ve contracted the virus, but noted it’s been too long since his appearance at President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa for that to have been the place.

Stitt had been having regular meetings with his staff.

Lt. Gov. Pinnell says he is waiting for his test results after learning about Stitt’s diagnosis.

“While we wait on the results, I am quarantining and working at home, with no symptoms at this time,” Pinnell said on Twitter.

Kai, a Vietnamese restaurant in Tulsa, announced Wednesday afternoon they’d be closing after Stitt visited last week.

The restaurant will be disinfected and the staff will get tested for COVID-19.

Kai will be closed until further notice with the announcement of Governor Stitts positive covid test results. He visited...

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Despite his diagnosis, Stitt says he would not be considering any mask mandate for the state.

“You can’t pick and choose which freedoms you’re going to give people,” he says.

Stitt says his family tested negative for coronavirus.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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