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How Are We Doing? Google Report, Tracking Movements, Measures State’s Social Distancing

April 03, 2020

Google is watching, always, but maybe people won’t mind so much during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tech giant, in an effort to aid public health officials, just released the COVID-19 Community Mobility Report that used location data that track people’s movements to assess state and local adherence to social-distancing measures.

The report, dated March 29, which uses information from Google Maps and other sources, included these results for Connecticut compared with the state’s pre-COVID baseline:

  • Residential: up 15 percent.
  • Workplace: down 38 percent.
  • Transit stations: down 64 percent.
  • Parks: down 52 percent.
  • Grocery and pharmacy: down 32 percent.
  • Retail and recreation (includes restaurants, shopping centers, theme parks, libraries and movie theaters): down 56 percent.

Google’s data dump also breaks down the state by county. Not surprisingly, Fairfield County, the state’s first hotspot, showed the highest rate of stay-at-home Residential (up 17 percent) and Windham County, initially among the lightest-hit COVID areas in the state, the lowest (up 12 percent).

To view the entire Connecticut report, click here. To select a report from other states or countries, click here.

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