Just two days after Donald Trump told a packed rally in Ohio that “almost nobody” gets the coronavirus, Missouri Governor Mike Parson and his wife announced they both have tested positive for the virus. The couple were tested earlier in the day after Teresa Parson began to exhibit mild symptoms, though the governor “feels healthy and is displaying no symptoms,” according to a statement.
“All official and campaign events have been canceled until further notice,” the governor’s statement continue. “As a precautionary measure, the Governor’s staff has been tested and is awaiting results.”
Parson had been a vocal opponent of the virus, often chiding Democrats for wearing masks to their public events. Now he and his wife Teresa Parson have canceled events as they isolate.
The Governor and his wife each tweeted updates about their health, encouraging everyone to observe the protocols they clearly did not.
Teresa and I wanted to share a quick update with you. pic.twitter.com/FrQzMYmA7F
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) September 23, 2020
Hello friends, I wanted to share a quick update with you about how I am doing. pic.twitter.com/qVNN5YvpJW
— First Lady Teresa Parson (@FirstLadyTeresa) September 23, 2020
Republicans continued to push anti-mask and stay home orders even as the cases in their own states are exploding and the national death total surpassed 200,000. At least 22 states now report a rise in new cases, most of them in the country’s heartland and Midwest. That number is a remarkable difference since last Monday, when only nine states reported an upward trend in cases. Rachel Maddow also reported on Tuesday night that the CDC was deliberately watering down protocols for meatpacking plants in South Dakota, which led to severe outbreaks in that state.
Other red states are seeing COVID19 surges as the virus continues to run unabated in many communities, such as Kentucky, which reported a spike in its Covid-19 positivity rate after several counties saw a surge in cases,
and Wisconsin, which has one of the highest Covid-19 positivity rates in the nation, higher than 16%.
Wisconsin’s governor declared a new public health emergency this week following a surge of cases among young people and issued a new order for mask wearing. The state is experiencing “unprecedented, near-exponential growth,” of the pandemic, according to a statement from Gov. Tony Evers’ office.