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,"...

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