Gov. Stitt says Trump rally attendees ‘have freedom to stay home’ if concerned about contracting COVID-19 – Tulsa World

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday reaffirmed his support for President Donald Trump's campaign appearance in Tulsa despite growing concerns about Oklahoma's rising coronavirus cases.

In a Friday interview on "America's Newsroom" on the FOX News network, Stitt said Oklahoma is a good position to host Saturday's rally at the BOK Center because of how the state has been able to mitigate coronavirus outbreaks.

"Well, what we can tell you is that I made 25 different executive orders over the last 60 days, and we peaked in hospitalizations at 560 back in March," Stitt said. "Today, we have 211. We have been safely reopening. We were one of the first states to start reopening. So, were 57 days into our reopening campaign, and we feel like its the right time to start reopening."

In response toTulsa Health Department Director Bruce Dart's saying the indoor rally could trigger a super-spreader occurrence, Stitt encouraged those with concerns about attending the event to stay home.

"My response to those folks the naysayers: When is the right time?" The coronavirus is in the United States; it's in Oklahoma," said Stitt. "We have to take precautions. We have the freedom to stay home. You have the freedom to come to this rally."

On Friday morning, Oklahomarecorded 352 new COVID-19 infections along with three deaths related to the virus. Since June 5, the state has accumulated more than 1,800 new coronavirus cases.

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Gallery: Trump supporters out Friday in downtown Tulsa for campaign rally

President Donald Trump supporter Randall Thom rides a scooter Friday with a flag attached to it in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

A bust of President Donald Trump sits on a barricade on in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

A bust of President Donald Trump sits on a barricade on Fourth Street and Boulder Avenue in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Andrea Garrett puts her contact lenses in as she and other Trump supporters line up and camp in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

A woman looks out of a window at the Irving Building as Trump supporters line up and camp in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Trump supporters line up and camp in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

A heavy rain falls as Trump supporters line up and camp in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Trump supporters line up and camp on in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Barricades block Fourth Street at Cheyenne Avenue as Trump supporters line up and camp ahead of Saturday's campaign in Tulsa. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Mike Pellerin waves a Donald Trump campaign flag near a barricade after driving all night from Austin, Texas, to line up and camp with other Trump supporters in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. The area for several blocks around the BOK Center is barricaded. Upon arriving Pellerin said he needed to burn some energy before taking a nap. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Mary Kent is greeted by steel barricades as she exits her home in the Adams Building in downtown Tulsa ahead of President Donald Trump's Saturday campaign rally. Kent was traveling to a doctor's appointment. Several blocks around the BOK Center have been barricaded. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Karson Curttright of Enid films members of the media as he and other Trump supporters line up and camp in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Vincent Ruiz removes lamps from the Adams Building so they don't get damaged ahead of President Donald Trump's Saturday campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Mary Kent is greeted by steel barricades as she exits her home in the Adams Building. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Messages in the Adams Building window as Trump supporters line up and camp in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Preston Hanning sleeps as Trump supporters line up and camp in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Rose Brown of Tulsa and other Trump supporters line up and camp in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Robert Harper traveled from Boston to attend President Donald Trump's Saturday campaign rally. Harper is originally from Tulsa. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Trump supporters are seen from an apartment window in the Irving Building. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

A motorist plays and sings an anti Donald Trump song as he passes supporters in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Jerome Garvin, manager of the Irving Building, sits in his apartment as Trump supporters line in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Messages in the Adams Building window as Trump supporters line up and camp in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Mike Pellerin drove all night from Austin, Texas, to line up and camp with other Trump supporters in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturdays campaign rally.MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

A Trump vendor shields herself from the rain as supporters line up and camp in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Trump supporters shield themselves from a hard rain as they line up and camp in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Caroline DeVenuto from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, shouts near a vendor of Donald Trump merchandise as the presidents supporters camp in Tulsa on Friday.MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Trump supporter Blake Marnell of San Diego walks in the rain as he and others line up and camp in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Risa Holland of Wichita, Kan., shouts, "Eight more years" as she and other Trump supporters line up and camp in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Jennifer, who declined to give her last name, takes photos of Trump supporters in the rain as they line up and camp in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Workers set up fences for lines ahead of President Donald Trump's Saturday campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

President Donald Trump supporter Angela Perkins makes a sign about the Fake News while camping in line in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturday's campaign rally. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Esther Seim and Elijah Pearrow, supporters of President Donald Trump, rest in their tent as they camp in downtown Tulsa ahead of Saturdays campaign rally.MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

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