ST. LOUIS — The City of St. Louis has declared a public health emergency, prohibiting events with more than 1,000 attendees, excluding schools and religious gatherings.
Mayor Lyda Krewson made the announcement at a Thursday afternoon press conference with city leaders.
So far, Missouri has one confirmed case of COVID-19. A woman in her 20s who had been studying in Italy tested positive for the coronavirus after returning home to the area.
The announcement comes a day after many St. Patrick's Day events around the area were postponed or canceled.
Additionally, many universities have made changes to their school year and taken classes to online-only.
Sports leagues and large events have also been canceled or postponed.