MI gets an 'A' for social distancing, scoreboard says

  • MI gets an 'A' for social distancing, scoreboard says

MI gets an 'A' for social distancing, scoreboard says

Unacast Inc., a company that collects and analyzes Global Positioning System phone location data, released a Social Distancing Scoreboard, an interactive map breaking down "grades" for states and counties based on how residents seem to be changing their behavior.

The top five counties in MI who are best at practicing social distancing are Luce, Livingston, Oakland, Kalamazoo and Ingham, according to the scorecard. Five of the highest-rated counties in the state that saw the biggest changes in average distance traveled by its residents were Cheyenne, Kiowa, Pitkin, Summit and Gunnison.

In the Stateline, both DeKalb and McHenry Counties received an "A", each having a 43% and 48% decrease in travel respectively. The most recent data is from March 21, which is also the first day Michiganders achieved the "A" grade, the report shows. At the time of the data collection, the state had 474 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Winnebago County received a "B" for a 38% drop in distance traveled.

The top five MI counties, per the scoreboard, are Luce, Livingston, Oakland, Kalamazoo and Ingham.

Oakland County had a 53 percent decrease in distance traveled, while Macomb County had 51 percent and Wayne County had 44 percent.

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

MI should continue to achieve the top rating after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a "shelter in place" order that went into effect Tuesday, March 24.