Pence cancels appearance at St. Paul rally to make trip to Washington state

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03: Flanked by Debbie Birx (L), White House Corona Virus Response Coordinator, and Seema Verma (R), administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a briefing on the ((Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) / Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence has cancelled his appearance at a campaign rally in St. Paul on Thursday for a trip to Washington state amid a coronavirus outbreak there.

Pence and his wife Karen were scheduled to hold a "Keep America Great" rally" supporting President Trump's re-election campaign on Thursday at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront.

However, officials now say only Karen Pence will appear at the St. Paul event. Mike Pence will head to Washington as the state works to contain the COVID-19 outbreak which has killed 10 people -- most in a nursing home near Seattle. Pence has been tapped by President Trump to lead the U.S. task force on the coronavirus.

Pence will still make a visit to Minnesota. The vice president is expected to tour the 3M facility producing medical masks with members of the coronavirus task force team.

The rally with Karen Pence is still scheduled for Thursday evening at 5 p.m.

Karen Pence is also scheduled to stop in Onalaska, Wisconsin before the St. Paul rally for a "Women for Trump" event there.