Peter Wells in New York
Missouri Governor Mike Parson and his wife both tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday.
Mr. Parson's wife Theresa had shown cold symptoms and took a test today that came back positive for Covid-19. The governor then took a test, which also gave a preliminary positive result.
Republican Mr Parson will now await official confirmation of the test but said in a video message on Twitter that he felt "good" and had no symptoms. He and his wife, who also said they felt "fine," will conduct the necessary procedures and quarantine separately.
The Missouri Health Department on Wednesday announced 1,580 people in the state who tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours and attributed an additional 83 deaths to the disease. This brought the nationwide number of cases to 116,946 and the total death toll to 1,947.
For the past seven days, Missouri has recorded an average of 1,480 cases per day. Earlier this week, the 7-day rolling average of cases was about 30 below a peak rate of 1,591 per day in late July. On a population basis, Missouri had an average of 23 new cases per 100,000 people per day. This is the ninth highest rate in the US. This emerges from a Financial Times analysis of the data from the Covid Tracking Project.
While several high-profile officials at various levels of local, state, and federal government in the U.S. have tested positive, only one governor has been known to test positive for the disease. Mike Stitt, the Republican governor of Oklahoma, announced that he had coronavirus in mid-July.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine had a close call in early August. The Republican governor was forced to cancel a scheduled meeting with Donald Trump in Cleveland after testing positive for Covid-19 a few hours before the president's visit. However, a follow-up test for Mr. DeWine was negative.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, a Democrat, announced in early July that she had tested positive for coronavirus.