On Wednesday, Missouri officials announced that Gov. Mike Parson and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19.
"At this time, the Governor feels healthy and is displaying no symptoms, and the First Lady has mild symptoms," said the governor's office in a statement.
Republican Governor of Missouri @mikeparson and wife Teresa Parson test positive for covid-19. https://t.co/yn4TQNkAKU— Kelly O'Donnell (@Kelly O'Donnell) 1600895012.0
Parson, an ally of President Donald Trump, has been an opponent of mask mandates. “I am not anti-mask, what I am is anti-mandates,” he said in July. He has also been a fierce advocate of expediting reopenings and getting kids back to school with or without a public health plan in place, saying if any children contract COVID-19 at their school they will just "get over it."