Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says he has tested positive for COVID-19

"I feel fine," Stitt, the first known governor to test positive for the novel coronavirus, said. "I felt a little bit achy yesterday."
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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt pulls down his face mask as he speaks during a news conference on June 30, 2020, in Oklahoma City.Sue Ogrocki / AP

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By Allan Smith

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, the first known governor to be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

Stitt, a Republican, told reporters during a news conference that he was tested Tuesday "and the results came back positive."

"I feel fine," he said, adding, "I felt a little bit achy yesterday."

Stitt's announcement comes as Oklahoma set a new record for daily reported infections at 1,075 on Wednesday. The governor has resisted instituting a statewide mask order amid rising case counts throughout the state and much of the southern U.S., maintaining his posture Wednesday as he announced his positive test.

Stitt came under criticism in March when he posted a photo of his family at a restaurant saying "It's packed tonight!" Stitt later deleted the tweet.

He was in attendance President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa about three and a half weeks ago, where several Trump campaign staffers and Secret Service personnel had tested positive for the virus.

Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said last week that the rally and surrounding protests "likely contributed" to a surge in new coronavirus cases across the state.

“In the past few days, we’ve seen almost 500 new cases, and we had several large events just over two weeks ago, so I guess we just connect the dots," Dart said.