Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced that he will be extending the state's shelter-in-place order an additional week to continue flattening the curve of coronavirus cases.
The state's current stay-at-home order was set to expire on Monday but will now go through April 27, Reeves said during a news conference Friday morning.
Reeves said he'd "hoped and prayed" that he would be able to lift the current order based on metrics issued by the White House on Thursday, but said the state wasn't there yet.
Reeves says they will take the next seven days to study the guidance and do what works best for resident of Mississippi.
Reeves said he will begin relaxing some of the restrictions on non-essential businesses by allowing them to offer services via drive-thru, curbside or delivery.
As of Friday morning, the state of Mississippi has recorded 3,624 coronavirus cases with 129 deaths, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.