Oklahoma’s governor Kevin Stitt tests positive for COVID-19

The governor of Oklahoma Kevin Stitt has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced on Wednesday. He is the first governor to test positive for coronavirus in the United States.

The 48-year old governor said he is isolating at home. He said he is mostly fine but started feeling a little achy on Tuesday before he sought a test.

He said his wife and children were also tested Tuesday but none of them has tested positive for the virus.

The Associated Press noted that “Stitt has backed one of the country’s most aggressive reopening plans, resisted any statewide mandate 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, according to AP. “You just open up a big can of worms.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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