Stitt declares day of prayer as virus surges in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. Stitt is imposing new restrictions on bars and restaurants and requiring masks in state buildings as officials attempt to control the surging number of coronavirus infections.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. Stitt is imposing new restrictions on bars and restaurants and requiring masks in state buildings as officials attempt to control the surging number of coronavirus infections.Sue Ogrocki/AP

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As coronavirus continues surging in Oklahoma, Gov. Kevin Stitt has declared Thursday a day of prayer and fasting in the state.

Oklahoma’s seven-day rolling average of new cases has increased from 2,628.9 to 2,838.7, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Monday reported a one-day high of 1,587 hospitalizations and 197,745 total cases since the pandemic began.

“I believe we must continue to ask God to heal those who are sick, comfort those who are hurting and provide renewed strength and wisdom to all who are managing the effects of COVID-19,” Stitt said in a Monday statement.


Stitt, who tested positive for the virus in July and previously donated plasma in an effort to help other virus patients recover, said he will make a second plasma donation.

The virus’ spread was also cited by the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder in announcing that fans will not be allowed to attend games at the beginning of the season.

“We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation over the coming weeks to determine when fans will be able to attend our games,” the team said in a statement.

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