he following statement was released from the office of Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on the governor and first lady COVID-19 test results:
“Today, Gov. Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, the first lady was tested this morning after displaying minor symptoms. The governor was then tested as well and received a positive result.
“All official and campaign events have been canceled until further notice. As a precautionary measure, the governor’s staff has been tested and is awaiting results. At this time, the governor feels healthy and is displaying no symptoms, and the First Lady has mild symptoms. Proper safety protocols have been implemented at the direction of Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Department of Health and Senior Services.
“During this time, Gov. Parson continues to conduct and fulfill all roles of businesses of the state of Missouri from the Governor’s Mansion without interruption.”
State Auditor Nicole Galloway, who is opposing Parson in the race for governor in November, released the following statement:
“I wish Gov. Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson a safe and full recovery. This is a stark reminder that this virus can reach anyone, anywhere and that this pandemic is far from over. We must all continue to do our part in preventing the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing, washing hands, and wearing a mask.”
A forum/debate featuring both Parson and Galloway that was scheduled to take place on Friday has been postponed. The event was scheduled to be sponsored by the Missouri Press Association and KOMU-8.