Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt reported Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and that he is isolating at home, making him the first U.S. representative to report testing positive.
Stitt, 48, said he generally feels fine, in spite of the fact that he began feeling "somewhat achy" Tuesday and looked for a test. He said his wife and youngsters were likewise tested Tuesday and that none of their outcomes returned positive.
Stitt has sponsored one of the nation's most forceful reviving plans, opposed any statewide order 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. “You just open up a big can of worms."
“A lot of businesses are requiring it, and that’s fine," he said. "I’m just hesitant to mandate something that I think is problematic to enforce."
Stitt went to President Donald Trump's meeting in Tulsa a month ago, which wellbeing specialists have said likely added to a flood in coronavirus cases there.
Stitt said he's sure he didn't get the infection at the assembly.
“As far as where he became infected, it’s really unknown," Oklahoma Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye said. "It wasn’t so far back as the rally,” which took place nearly a month ago.
The vast majority infected by the new coronavirus create mild or moderate indications and recover after around fourteen days.