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Okla. Gov. Kevin Stitt at Trump Rally

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By BWSTimes Staff

Gov. Kevin Stitt has handled COVID-19 just as bad as President Donald J. Trump.

The state’s Department of Health reported Oklahoma surpasses 25,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 450 people have now died due to COVID-19.

Over the weekend on FOX News, Stitt said, “Like a lot of Oklahomans, I’m asymptomatic,” referring to his experience having been diagnosed as the first governor in the U.S. to test positive for COVID-19. He went on to say in the very next sentence, “a little achy on Tuesday, but I’ve been 100-percent ever since.”

In his video with Leland Vittert, Stitt referred to himself as symptomatic, yet said that he was achy in the very next sentence, which is illogical if asymptomatic means to show zero symptoms.

The governor has been criticized for not wearing a mask in public. In June, Stitt was seen without a mask at Trump’s rally inside the BOK Center. Recently before his self-isolation, he was seen within the past two weeks meeting with Oklahoma residents and various officials across the state without a mask. Hence, there is no telling how many Oklahomans Stitt has spread the deadly virus to.

Virologists estimate the actual number of positive cases is likely much higher since many people haven’t received a COVID-19 test and many people are asymptomatic.

The climbing number is a direct result from people like Gov. Stitt who refuse to wear a mask in public spaces.

Last week Oklahoma’s largest cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, approved mask requirements as the number of cases continues to serge in the state. Nevertheless, many cities across the state refuse to follow the lead of doctors and, therefore, are following the leadership of a governor who tested positive because he chose to make a political statement by not wearing a mask nor enforcing a statewide policy that would save lives.

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