Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday he's isolating at home after testing positive for COVID-19.
"Continue to wash your hands, stay home when you’re sick, maintain physical distance, & wear a mask in public when maintaining physical distance isn’t possible," he added.
Stitt has backed one of the country’s most aggressive reopening plans and has resisted a statewide mandate on masks.
"We respect people's rights ... to not wear a mask," Stitt said during Wednesday's conference, which was held virtually. "A lot of businesses are requiring it, and that's fine. I'm just hesitant to mandate something that I think is problematic to enforce."
Stitt attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa last month, but rejected the idea that he may have contracted COVID-19 there.
"I don't think there was any way it was at the President's rally. It's too long ago," Stitt said.
Some regions in the United States are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases, with some state governments moving to impose new restrictions.