Oklahoma governor declares emergency after tweet backlash
March 15, 2020
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's governor declared a statewide emergency Sunday evening, less than 24 hours after facing backlash for tweeting a picture of himself and two of his children at a crowded restaurant as health officials urged social distancing to keep the new coronavirus from spreading.
The emergency declaration unlocks additional funding for health agencies and hospitals to fight COVID-19, plus loans for small businesses affected by the pandemic, Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said.
"Life as we know it will change for a little while, but it doesn't' have to shut down completely,"...