Phone Data Shows That Ohio is Pretty Good at Social Distancing Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

You deserve a six-feet-apart air high-five, Hamilton County. You're killing the social distancing game, according to your phone data

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You deserve a six-feet-apart air high-five, Ohio. You're killing the social distancing game, according to your phone data.

New York and Norway-based data and analytics company Unacast revealed the findings of its “Social Distancing Scoreboard,” which shows just how good — or bad — of a job some states are doing at navigating this whole staying the hell away from people thing amid a global pandemic.

Yesterday, Ohio received an "A" grade from the site; today it has shifted slightly to a B, though Hamilton, Clermont and Warren counties are currently graded an A.  An A grade means states or counties have decreased their total distance travelled by over 40 percent.

OK, OK, but how did Unacast get this data exactly? According to The Detroit Free Press, they use “anonymous device location data, map data, and strategic intelligence.” But for this data specifically, they turned to public data sets like location information provided through third-parties. Yes, companies have your data.

States that could be better at staying home and away? Oregon and New Mexico, both of which have C scores. Idaho and Montana are dropping the ball with Ds and Wyoming is straight-up failing at social distancing. Tsk-tsk.

Hamilton County decreased distance traveled by 43 percent, as did surrounding counties Warren (43 percent) and Clermont (43 percent) — all three have an A grade. Butler (40 percent) and Brown (40 percent) aren't far behind with B grades; we'll give them B+.

The bottom three counties in Ohio are Wyandot, Madison and Fayette, which all have F grades.

With Governor DeWine's executive order to stay at home, the state began to see a dramatic downturn in travel starting on March 20. As of Thursday morning, Ohio reported 704 positive cases of coronavirus, 182 hospitalizations (75 people in ICU) and 10 deaths.

Keep up the good work, Ohio. You can do this. 

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