Oklahoma governor: No mask mandate despite recommendation

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said again Thursday that he will not issue a statewide mask mandate, despite a recommendation from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

The tasks force’s weekly report has, with the exception of one week, since early August repeatedly recommended a statewide mask mandate.

Stitt, who has encouraged mask wearing, said he does not believe a mandate is enforceable and should be a decision made by individual cities.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Thursday reported 73,318 total confirmed virus cases and 930 deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

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