New Study Reports Effectiveness of Stay-at-Home Orders

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio on Monday shared a study of state-level stay-at-home orders on COVID-19 (American Journal of Infection Control, May 24) that found infection rates dropped by more than half after state orders were put in place.

Infection rates were 0.113 per day pre-order and 0.047 per day post-order. The results were consistent across states and support the usefulness of stay-at-home orders in reducing COVID-19 infection rates.

Before the stay-at-home order, Ohio's infection rate was 0.15 per day. After the order was put in place, the infection rate dropped by about two-thirds to 0.053 per day.