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How the state conducts contact tracing amid pandemic

Posted at 8:47 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 01:20:20-04

Contact tracing is underway for those Governor Kevin Stitt has been in contact with after he tested positive for COVID-19.

He announced the diagnosis in a news conference on Wednesday.

Stitt said he tested periodically throughout the pandemic and would not have been contagious before Saturday.

Interim State Health Commissioner Lance Frye said the most at risk of being exposed is anyone who was less than 6-feet away from the governor for 15 minutes or more.

"We based our contact tracing starting 48 hours prior to him developing any symptoms," Frye said. "Prior to that, where he became infected is really unknown. It could be at any time within the last couple of weeks."

Frye said Stitt could not have been infected from President Trump's Tulsa rally, saying it was too long ago.

2 Works for You reached out to the governor's office asking for his schedule from the past two weeks. His office said we needed to put in an official open records request. We did and will let you know what was on his calendar when we get it.

The governor was in Tulsa on July 3 for a meeting with Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

He was also in Tulsa last Thursday for the funeral of Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson where hundreds were in attendance.

We reached out to the city of Tulsa, which said Mayor G.T. Bynum tested negative after the funeral.

The Tulsa Police Department said none of its officers are currently in quarantine because of contact with Stitt, but aTulsa restaurant is closed after Stitt visited its location last week.

Kai, a Vietnamese restaurant, said it's shutting down to test staff and disinfect the establishment.

We spoke with the Tulsa Health Department about what to do if you are exposed.

It is recommending the public to quarantine for 14 days and schedule a test five to seven days after exposure.

"If you were exposed yesterday, if you were to test today, the likelihood that you would be positive is pretty low because the virus is just now in your body," Leanne Stephens, a public information officer with the Tulsa Health Department. "And so, we would recommend that individuals test about five to seven days after exposure."

If the governor were to be hospitalized and unable to work, Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell would be in charge, followed by Senator Greg Treat and then Speaker of the House Charles McCall.

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