Missouri first lady Teresa Parson tests positive for COVID-19

Austin Huguelet
Springfield News-Leader Special to The Neosho Daily News

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 is set to come back later this afternoon.

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 recently 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.

Austin Huguelet is the News-Leader's politics reporter. Got something he should know? Have a question? Call him at 417-403-8096 or email him at ahuguelet@news-leader.com. You can also support local journalism at News-Leader.com/subscribe.