The latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force said there have been preventable deaths in Oklahoma in the last month.
Governor Stitt strongly disputes that and said that Oklahoma is actually doing better than most states. Members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation have been hesitant to second guess decisions made by Governor Stitt related to the pandemic. That’s still mostly the case following the release of this latest report.
Alex Cameron has more from our Washington Bureau.
You can read the full statements from each member of Oklahoma’s delegation below.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, (R) Oklahoma:
“The White House continues to provide considerable support for our state and local leaders as they continue to combat the virus. This week’s report highlights the importance for all of us to follow CDC recommendations to lower community spread.”
Spokesman, Rep. Frank Lucas, (R) OK – 3rd District:
“As he has done publicly throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Congressman Lucas continues to follow and urge his fellow Oklahomans to follow CDC guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our friends and neighbors. We all are taking the spread of COVID-19 seriously in Oklahoma, and every Oklahoman understands it’s up to each and every single individual to protect our families and communities. As Congressman Lucas and the CDC recommends, we should all wear a mask, practice social distancing, and continue to practice good hygiene. Every decision our public health leaders make, prioritizes the health and safety of all Oklahomans, and they’ll always continue to put the people of Oklahoma first.”
Rep. Kevin Hern, (R) OK – 1st District:
“I mourn every life coronavirus has taken from us. It’s a hard balance, protecting our citizens without infringing on their rights and freedoms, but I believe Oklahomans are taking the virus seriously. Our hospitals and medical workers are working hard every day to keep our people healthy and safe.”
Rep. Kendra Horn, (D) OK – 5th District:
“We have to listen to the advice and recommendations of our public health officials during this pandemic. Wearing a mask, washing our hands and practicing physical distancing are the most effective way to lower COVID transmission, cases and deaths. Over a thousand Oklahomans have died because of this virus - deaths that could have been avoided with proper precautions. The only way for our economy to bounce back is by reducing the spread of this disease.”
Rep. Tom Cole, (R) OK – 4th District:
“Certainly, we’re all ready for business as usual and for life to return to normal. While we’re making great progress toward a vaccine and learning how to better treat COVID-19, the pandemic is not yet over. In the meantime, the best thing every American can do is continue taking practical precautions and following the ongoing guidance provided by our health officials.”
Spokesperson, Sen. James Lankford, (R) Oklahoma:
“Oklahomans, including Senator Lankford, continue to take preventing the spread of COVID-19 seriously. Senator Lankford wears a mask especially when social distancing is not an option. We should continue to take this virus seriously and follow CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of our neighbors and families. As the CDC recommends, wear a mask, keep your distance, and wash your hands. If you are sick, experiencing symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive you should stay home.”