Many people follow orders to stay at home and show social distancing.
But apparently not enough.
Tarrant County got a D on the latest COVID-19 social distance dashboard, according to smartphone GPS data compiled by Unacast, an analytics company that collected data from tens of millions of mobile phone users around the world.
It’s slightly better than the state ranking.
Texas received a D-minus.
The number of cars on the road seems to be increasing day by day in Tarrant County. The car parks of open companies are more crowded than a few weeks ago and an increasing number of holiday photos are published on social networks.
Orders for home stays in Tarrant County last until Thursday.
But an increasing number of people are frustrated that they cannot stay at home or cannot go to work. And Facebook groups – such as Open Texas – are becoming more vocal, calling on Texas Governor Greg Abbott and city and county officials to reopen the state for business.
“When COVID-19 is spread in your area, everyone should limit close contact with people outside your home in indoor and outdoor spaces,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms.”
As of Monday, 2,019 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in Tarrant County. This includes 53 deaths and 289 recoveries.
On Sunday, the average mobility of Tarrant County’s population was down about 45% from the end of February, before any restrictions against coronaviruses were put in place.
Overall, Tarrant residents received a C for reducing their average mobility, which is based on distance traveled; a D to reduce non-essential visits; and an F for the density of encounters, which shows the drop in local encounters compared to national numbers, according to Unacast data.
The decline in travel from Tarrant County began on March 13, the day that Tarrant County and the state declared disasters due to the coronavirus. Home stay orders quickly followed, and Abbott announced a state-wide closure of restaurants and bars, which further reduced the number.
The change in movement since then has increased slightly, then it decreases, then repeats.
Tarrant County is not the only urban county to have low scores, according to Unacast data.
Dallas County scored a D-plus; Bexar County has obtained a D-plus; Harris County got a D; and Travis County scored C.
Which communities get the highest marks?
The counties of Presidio, Hartley and Brewster all got the highest scores in Texas, an A-minus. And 11 counties – from Edwards to Bailey to Winkler to Hemphill – scored B.
At the same time, 30 Texas counties received an F, including Wise, Hood, Parker and Johnson counties, according to the data.
According to Unacast data, the drop in movement is likely due to people working from home, not traveling or visiting restaurants and entertainment venues. These data have not been verified by public health officials and do not interpret whether social distancing measures stop the spread of the disease.
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