Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson tests positive for covid-19, seen here at a press conference in August 2020
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Jefferson City, MO - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has tested positive for the coronavirus, along with his wife Teresa.  His office confirmed the COVID-19 positive test Wednesday.

Parson has repeatedly urged residents to wear masks and maintain social distancing, but he has been an outspoken opponent of mask mandates, often appearing at functions without one. 

Parson was tested after his wife tested positive earlier Wednesday.

Teresa Parson had experienced mild symptoms, including a cough and nasal congestion. Gov. Parson postponed several events through the remainder of the week. 

"All official and campaign events have been canceled until further notice," a statement from the governor's office read. "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."