Missouri governor’s wife, Teresa, tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 12:47 PM, Sep 23, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s wife has tested positive for COVID-19, the governor's office confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Parson’s office said a rapid COVID-19 test performed on Teresa Parson, the first lady of Missouri, came back positive.

She is showing mild symptoms while awaiting the results of a PCR nasal-swab test to confirm the diagnosis and is said to be “doing well,” according to an earlier report from KY3.

Gov. Parson also is awaiting test results and his office is planning to release additional information later Wednesday.

Teresa made several appearances recently with the governor, including at least two on Tuesday.

Neither Teresa nor the governor wore masks when posing for a photo above the 19th hole at a new Lake of the Ozarks golf course Tuesday afternoon.

The course was designed by Tiger Woods, who staged the Payne's Valley Cup on Tuesday at the new course with fellow PGA pros Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Justin Rose.

Teresa also appeared with Gov. Parson on Tuesday at the Lincoln University Cooperative Extension Outreach Center in Charleston, Missouri.

More details are expected to be released Wednesday afternoon, but Teresa is quarantining at the Parson family home in Bolivar, according to KY3.

Gov. Parson, who is reportedly is awaiting his own test results in Jefferson City, has canceled his remaining public appearances this week.

He had planned to take part in a ceremonial signing of a crime bill at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the St. Louis Fraternal Order of Police Lodge.

The Parsons also were scheduled to get their flu vaccinations at 9 a.m. on Friday at the Missouri State Capitol.