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St. Louis considers additional restrictions to reduce community spread of COVID-19 among young people

Mayor Krewson said she plans to announce more details later in the week

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis is eyeing additional restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Lyda Krewson said.

"We are considering making some additional restrictions -- unless the numbers get better in the next couple of days," Krewson said during her Facebook Live briefing Monday afternoon. "We’re working with the doctor and other folks on how to reduce the spread especially, among 20 and 30-year-olds."

People in the 20-29 age group account for 1,148 cases of COVID-19 -- the highest of any age group. People in the 30-39 age group account for the second highest number of cases, with 955. To date, there have been a total of 5,104 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to data published on the city's website.

Krewson said she plans to release more details later in the week.

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Previously, Krewson said she wanted to take a "surgical" approach to enforcing restrictions after videos were circulated online showing people at bars and restaurants not wearing masks or practicing social distancing.

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Krewson also pointed to a map that shows community spread all over the city, not just north St. Louis, as was the case during the early stages of the pandemic.

"Now, we’re seeing cases across the city," she said. "The spread has continued. The positivity rate is still pretty high."

The positivity rate is at 8.5% as of late July, the most recent data available for that metric.

"Our goal is not to punish anyone, but our goal is to tamp down on the spread without, hopefully, putting anyone out of business," Krewson said.