Tate Reeves announced Friday that he is extending his statewide stay-at-home order by one week. The order was set to expire Monday.

“I have to ask you for one more week. One more week of vigilance. One more week of sheltering in place,” Reeves said. “…We need one more week to break the back of our enemy.”

Reeves said that Mississippi has seen the greatest increases in new coronavirus cases and deaths this week. Meanwhile, he repeatedly stressed his desire to reopen the economy as soon as possible during Friday’s press conference.

Reeves framed the issue as imperative for working class Mississippians and small business owners who are struggling during an unprecedented economic crisis.