Missouri Governor, First Lady test positive for COVID-19


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (NewsNation Now) — Missouri Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson announced Wednesday they’ve tested positive for COVID-19.

Parson was tested after his wife, Teresa, tested positive earlier in the day. Teresa Parson had experienced mild symptoms, including a cough and nasal congestion, spokeswoman Kelli Jones said. She took a rapid test that came back positive and was awaiting a nasal swab test to confirm.

“I want everybody to know that myself and the first lady are both fine,” Parson said in a video posted to Twitter. “Right now I feel fine. No symptoms of any kind. But right now we just have to take the quarantine procedures in place.”

Gov. Parson postponed several events through the remainder of the week. He and his wife had been traveling around Missouri this week for events that included a ceremonial bill signing in Cape Girardeau.

Missouri has reported at least 1,867 deaths, with a testing positivity of 9.11%, according to John Hopkins University.

Parson, 65, is facing Democratic State Auditor Nicole Galloway in the November election. The two were supposed to debate Friday in a forum hosted by the Missouri Press Association, but it has been postponed, said Mark Maassen, executive director of the association. He said the forum will be rescheduled.

The Republican governor is a strong proponent against a mask mandate. It is unknown at this time if he will require residents to wear a mask moving forward.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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