Oklahoma governor tests positive for the coronavirus, still won’t mandate masks

One governor is resisting the narrative so often repeated on social media that if you or one of your family members is infected with the coronavirus, you would support mandatory mask orders and shutdowns.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) revealed during a press conference Wednesday that he tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday as new cases are seemingly increasing in his state. 

Stitt, 48, said he is feeling fine and that his wife and children tested negative for the virus. Stitt believes he is the first governor in the country to test positive for the virus.

Stitt said he has contact tracers working to see who may have been exposed to the virus through him. He led a Commissioners of the Land Office meeting Tuesday morning before the diagnosis and did not wear a mask, Oklahoma Watch reported.

No regrets about masks

Stitt said he will not change his policy about not mandating masks state-wide after his own diagnosis.

“We respect people’s rights … to not wear a mask,” Stitt said in the virtual news conference, adding that he thinks it would be problemmatic to enforce. “You just open up a big can of worms.”

When a reporter asked Stitt whether he regretted not wearing a mask, he said, “I don’t really second-guess anything.”

Stitt also attended Trump’s rally in Tulsa last month, but too much time has passed for him to have contracted the virus from the rally.

Oklahoma re-opening aggressive

Oklahoma has had one of the most aggressive state reopenings in the country, and had an uptick in new cases but few new deaths.

993 new cases of the virus were reported Tuesday, which is a record for the state, The Hill reported. Even so, the state has only had 22,000 cases so far with 428 reported deaths.

The media and Democrats seem to be trying to use the uptick in cases to show that new shutdowns are needed and to advocate against reopening schools in the fall.

Many Republicans believe that Democrats are trying make the virus worse than it really is to depress the economy and, they think, hurt Trump in November. There have been reports that cases are being double counted and that antibody test results are being lumped in with new cases.

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