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Gov. Stitt in Tulsa: 'I believe kids need to be in school'

Governor-elect Kevin Stitt announces Chief of Staff, Secretary of State
Posted at 10:29 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 00:28:12-04

TULSA, Okla. — Governor Kevin Stitt tours the state after recovering from COVID-19. Tuesday, he stopped in Tulsa to meet with business leaders.

“I’m here and we were here today with a bunch of businesses that have been open and are so appreciative that Oklahoma has not shut down like some of the other states have,” Gov. Stitt said as he addressed the room.

He returned to work a week ago after his 14-day quarantine.

Stitt said Oklahoma is on the right track when it comes to positive cases in the state.

“We had 800-something cases today. Yesterday was 377. The day before was 494. We’re in a really good plateau. Actually, declining,” Stitt said.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health shows a downward facing trend-line, since mid-July. Over the past week, stats show ICU’s might slowly be opening up with bed availability. The numbers are all affirmations for the governor’s stance on back-to-school.

“I believe kids need to be in school,” Stitt said. “They were out in the spring. Now, they’ll be out in the fall. Our kids are going to lose a whole year. I think that’s detrimental to the long term.”

Just last week, the governor committed to bringing $10 million in PPE to Oklahoma schools. Some educators say that might not be enough.

Tulsa, Jenks and Owasso are a few districts returning virtually.

Broken Arrow, Sapulpa, and Union are scheduled to go back in-person.

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