MI among the top states practicing social distancing

Chicago. Social distancing is strongly encouraged as a preventive measure against COVID-19 or the coronavirus

It uses that data to build the maps that show changes in the "average distance traveled" by Americans as they respond to calls for social distancing. Yes, companies have your data. The other top-rated counties include Luce, Livingston, Oakland and Ingham counties.

While the State of NY gets an overall A grade, Genesee County is marked down to a C grade, based on reducing travel by only about 21 percent.

Curious how other states and counties measured up?

Experts give their thoughts on how much longer social distancing measures will be kept in place during coronavirus. Each state and county is given a letter grade.

"We sat down and asked ourselves, 'How can we help?"

The grades, which are created by comparing current Global Positioning System location data to a typical day of the week, are granular enough to be viewed county-by-county and are pulled from the many apps on one's device that use location data.

Unacast, a company that tracks where people go and why - so-called "social mobility", has created a Social Distancing Scoreboard based on tens of millions of anonymous mobile phones. Archuleta County, which reported zero cases as of Tuesday, scored an A, with residents changing their average distance traveled by 75%.

The US government is already discussing with technology-heavy monoliths like Facebook and Google to try and roll out a way to see if location data from these giants can be used to track and limit the spread of the illness.

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Anything below a 10 percent grade was given an "F" grade while the United States as a whole has been awarded a 'B'. An "A" grade means Ohioans have decreased our total distance travelled by over 40%.

On a state-wide level, the states now receiving the worst grades are Oregon, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. It shows how the country as a whole along with how each state ranks when it comes to social distancing.

With Governor DeWine's executive order to Stay At Home, the state began to see a dramatic downturn in travel starting on March 20th.

Social distancing is defined as deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Canceling or postponing conferences and large meetings.

Find out how your county is doing when it comes to social distancing here.

This article contains reporting from the Patch national desk.

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