Sep 23, 2020 - Health

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson tests positive for coronavirus

Gov. Mike Parson.
Gov. Mike Parson. Photo: Jacob Moscovitch/Getty Images

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) and First Lady Teresa Parson tested positive for coronavirus, the governor's office announced Wednesday.

The big picture: The 65-year-old Parson is the second governor known to have contracted COVID-19, after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R). Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) tested positive in August prior to meeting with President Trump, but it was later determined to be a false positive.

The state of play: The first lady was tested "after displaying minor symptoms," before Parson, who has not displayed symptoms, took a test of his own.

  • He continues to work "without interruption," according to the news release.
  • The governor's staff has been tested and is waiting for the results.

Worth noting: Parson has opposed a mask mandate in his state. He previously said "You don't need government to tell you to wear a dang mask."

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