(St. Louis) A new study done by the Washington University School of Medicine credits St. Louis city and county with saving thousands of lives by issuing emergency public health orders early in the pandemic.
Researchers say early social distancing policies helped mitigate the virus as it was ramping up.
Health officials in the city and county began issuing emergency public health orders in March 2020.
They included a ban on large gatherings and closing bars and restaurants.
Eventually, officials issued a stay-at-home order.