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Oklahoma’s Kevin Stitt is first governor to test positive for COVID-10

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  • Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma announced he tested positive for COVID-19 in a Wednesday briefing. 
  • Stitt, a Republican, is the first United States governor to disclose testing positive for the disease. 
  • Oklahoma reported nearly 1,000 new confirmed cases on Tuesday and now has a seven-day average of 645 new cases and three deaths per day. 
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Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma announced he tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in a Wednesday virtual press briefing.

Stitt, a Republican, is the first United States governor to disclose testing positive for the disease. 

Like many other southern and southwestern states, Oklahoma is seeing a significant increase in confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, an uptick that began in early June. 

Oklahoma reported nearly 1,000 new confirmed cases on Tuesday and now has a seven-day average of 645 new cases and three deaths per day. 

Stitt, who has taken a relatively hands-off approach to managing the COVID-19 outbreak in his state compared to other governors, has not imposed a statewide mask mandate. He also appeared at a June 20 rally hosted by President Donald Trump in Tulsa. He did not wear a mask at the rally.

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