KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and his wife, Teresa, will get back to everyday life next week, he announced during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
“I’m feeling good and still have no symptoms,” Parson said via a Facebook live stream from the governor’s mansion.
The Parsons both tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
Teresa is “doing well” in Bolivar. After experiencing mild symptoms last week, Gov. Parson said her symptoms have gone away.
The Parsons will “remain isolated through the end of the week ... to be cautious,” Gov. Parson said, adding that he and Teresa “will return to a normal schedule on Monday.”
Initially, the governor's office said Teresa would end her quarantine as soon as Tuesday and that Gov. Parson would only remain in isolation through Saturday.
“You always think that’s going to happen to someone else ...,” Gov. Parson said, responding to a question from reporters, “(but) me and Teresa are very thankful we can still stand up here and talk about this.”
He said he recognizes other people, “more vulnerable than Teresa and I were,” have had a much more difficult recovery, including the more than 2,000 Missourians who have died from COVID-19.
“You have to do everything you can to protect other people,” Gov. Parson said.
He again stressed the ongoing need to wear masks, social distance and regularly wash your hands.
He opened his remarks by thanking Lilly in Linn, Missouri, for the handmade get well card she sent to him.
The Parson Family Fall Festival, which was postponed Tuesday, will be combined with the governor’s annual Halloween celebration, Gov. Parson said.