Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt confirmed Wednesday, July 15, that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
The announcement came during a virtual joint press conference with Interim Commissioner of Health, Lance Frye. Stitt said the diagnosis came Tuesday afternoon and that he feels “fine,” with mild symptoms that include body aches.
Stitt also confirmed that he is self-isolating in his home, away from his family, and that he will continue working. His wife and children have all tested negative for the virus, he said, and he is working with contact tracers to contain the spread. Stitt is believed to be the first governor in the U.S. to test positive.
The news comes in conjunction with the Oklahoma State Department of Health‘s daily report, which displays 22,813 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma as of Wednesday, July 15. This is a jump of 1,075 cases since yesterday, a record high in the state.