Growing park visits, declining grocery trips – Google data shows where people are going during the COVID-19 pandemic


DETROIT – Google reports generated by tracking cell phone movements show where people went during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

At a time when social distancing is crucial to stopping the spread of the virus, reports provide insight into where people are going.

Google used the date median from January 3 to February 6 to define a baseline. He then compared the trends of the past few weeks to this data. The most recent data is 2 to 3 days old.

Data shows that the number of people visiting retail and entertainment venues, such as restaurants, cafes, shopping malls and movie theaters, has decreased by 58% in Michigan, while the number of people going to grocery stores and pharmacies fell 28%.

See reports from around the world here.

Fifty-five percent fewer people visited public transit stations, including bus and train stations, and 43 percent fewer people went to work.

Both parks and residences have increased. According to the data, 15% more people visit the parks, while residences have increased by 12%.

The data were also broken down by county. See the full Michigan report below:

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