Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is set to declare a state of emergency in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
A news release Friday afternoon said Parson, a Republican, would hold a press conference at 5 p.m. in his capitol to sign the executive order. That event will be livestreamed on the governor's Facebook page.
The decision will free up additional money to combat the virus, which recorded its first two confirmed cases in the state in the past week.
The governor's announcement comes less than 24 hours after he said he would not declare an emergency after he revealed Missouri's second presumptive case had cropped up in Greene County Thursday evening.
Democratic lawmakers had asked him to declare an emergency Thursday afternoon. State Auditor Nicole Galloway, who is running against Parson for governor this year, joined the call Friday morning.
"Now is the time for decisive action to stop #COVID19 from sweeping across MO," she tweeted. "The #MOGov must issue an emergency declaration so we can access funds and take actions to respond to this growing public health emergency."
President Donald Trump, a Republican who has endorsed Parson's campaign for a full, four-year term, is also expected to declare a state of emergency this evening