RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina received an F-grade for its social distancing practices from the mobile data company, Unacast. The company used cellphone data to track the movements of people across the country.
As of Tuesday morning, the highest grade any county in the state received was a C. Seven counties received that score with the majority of those landing near the state’s borders or coast. Many of the D-graded counties surrounded the C-graded areas.
The vast majority of counties received an F-rating.
Nationwide, North Carolina was not alone. Washington, D.C. received the highest score of a C-. Several states out west – Montana, Alaska, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota – came in slightly behind with a grade of a D+. Otherwise, states largely failed according to Unacast metrics.
Taking a look at counties nationwide, Aleutians West Census Area in Alaska scored the highest with an A.
Unacast said on their interactive website social distancing was a complex thing to measure. They used three different metrics: percent change in average distance traveled, percent change in non-essential travel, decrease in social interactions.
Click here to view the map in real-time. While interactive, the map below is not maintained.
Unacast said on their website that while they use your cell phone location data to come up with the scoreboard, that data can’t tell if people have actually met. It can only see if more than one device was present at the same place at the same time.
The website also developed an interactive map to show what industries are seeing the best recovery so far. In North Carolina, miscellaneous good stories like bargain shops or dollars stores are doing the best according to Unacast. Click here to interact with that map.
More headlines from CBS17.com:
- Reese’s launches big cups with pretzels because ‘we’re all feeling a little bit salty’ in 2020
- No more Uncle Ben’s – new name for rice brand revealed
- Warrant: Driver fleeing Durham deputy topped 100 mph before fiery crash that killed innocent man
- President Trump talks Supreme Court nominee, election, coronavirus and football in NewsNation interview
- NCCU, Durham Bulls, Blue Cross NC partner to provide meals to kids at Boys & Girls Clubs
For more stories like this that matter to you, click here to download the CBS 17 News app for free.
Watch live newscasts, get breaking news and sign up for push alerts – download now