Missouri's first lady tests positive for COVID-19

Austin Huguelet Springfield News-Leader

Missouri first lady Teresa Parson has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a spokeswoman for the governor's office said Wednesday.

The result came from a rapid test, communications director Kelli Jones said, which isn't always accurate.

A follow-up test with more accurate technology was set to come back later in the day.

Jones said Parson presented mild symptoms – "a sniffly nose and a little cough" – and took a test to be safe.

Gov. Mike Parson is also being tested, though Jones said he feels fine and has not shown any symptoms.

Teresa Parson has been a highly visible presence alongside the governor at public events, where he regularly introduces her to applause.

She accompanied the governor to a Greene County Republican Party barbecue over the weekend and to the first day of the Payne's Valley Cup on Tuesday, where Tiger Woods and others inaugurated a course near Branson honoring Springfield native Payne Stewart.