Oklahoma’s governor says he has tested positive for COVID-19

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FILE - In this June 20, 2020 file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is recognized as President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BOK Center, in Tulsa, Okla. Stitt announced Wednesday, July 15, 2020, that he's tested positive for the coronavirus and that he is isolating at home. The first-term Republican governor has backed one of the country's most aggressive reopening plans, has resisted any statewide mandate on masks and rarely wears one himself. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says he has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first governor to report testing positive. The first-term Republican made the announcement Wednesday during a virtual news conference. Forty-eight-year-old Stitt has backed one of the country’s most aggressive reopening plans and resisted a statewide mask mandate. Stitt attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa last month, which health experts say likely contributed to a surge in coronavirus cases there. Stitt says he’s confident he didn’t catch the virus at the rally, which took place nearly a month ago. He started feeling symptoms on Tuesday.