Democratic National Convention delayed until mid-August due to coronavirus

In this July 26, 2016, file photo the stage is reflected on a glass window on the suite level at Wells Fargo Arena as Timmy Kelly sings the national anthem before the start of the second day session of the DNC in Philadelphia. (AP/JOHN LOCHER)

WASHINGTON (TEGNA) — The 2020 Democratic National Convention has been pushed back one month to Aug. 17 due to concerns about coronavirus, organizers announced Thursday morning.

The postponement comes just one day after Democratic front-runner Joe Biden said he thought his party's nominating convention would have to be pushed back from July into August because of the coronavirus threat.

Organizers said Thursday that the convention will be held the week of August 17, "providing convention planners more time to determine the most appropriate structure for this historic event."

Democrats were originally scheduled to convene July 13-16 in Milwaukee.

Republicans plan to gather one week later, Aug. 24-27, in Charlotte, North Carolina.