Alabama receives ‘D’ for social distancing efforts, according to website

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Amid the spreading coronavirus pandemic, Alabama isn’t ranking too high on its social distancing efforts, according to Unacast’s Social Distancing Scoreboard.

Compared to the other states, Alabama has gotten a “D” based on how Alabamians are looking to reduce their traveling as shown by their mobile devices. According to the site, there had only been a 19% change in distance traveled in Alabama.

According to the company, using the change in distance from before the pandemic to after worked best since it did not require people to have an established home and had no problems with inactivity since the people were mobile.

Distanced traveled also correlates with the number of cases confirmed in an area. The more cases there are, the more people decrease their travel on the county level.

Unacast said that through social distancing, the amount of distance traveled would be reduced by working from home, avoiding non-essential travel, and canceling vacation and travel plans.

To grade the states, the company used this scale:

  • A: >40% decrease
  • B: 30-40% decrease
  • C: 20-30% decrease
  • D: 10-20% decrease
  • F: <10% decrease or increase

Alabama received a “D” because it has only shown a 20 percent decrease.

The worst counties, all of which got “F’s,” are:

  • Cleburne
  • Greene
  • Macon
  • Sumter
  • Conecuh

Alabama’s best counties were:

  • Madison – C
  • Baldwin – C
  • Bullock – C
  • Marengo – C
  • Shelby – B

The entire United States received a “B,” with its best states including the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Nevada, Massachusetts and New Jersey. The worst were North Dakota, Montana, Iowa, Arkansas and Wyomic.

Unacast compiles data by using location insights from phones. You can read more about the study by Unacast here.


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