Like the rest of their fellow Floridians, Osceola County residents are kind of new at social distancing — it’s been in place just over a week in the fight against the Coronavirus.
According to Unacast, a global firm that studies human mobility data, we’re doing pretty well at it.
The Sunshine State was graded a B for its efforts to keep people away from each other during the coronavirus outbreak. The results are broken down by county as well, as Osceola and Orange counties, who have “Stay at Home” declarations in place, earned an A, along with Miami-Dade and Broward counties, who have closed beaches and have mobility restrictions in place as well.
Unacast looked at traveled distance for each state, and ties scores to the people who are staying home, thus aren’t traveling, and therefore are practicing social distancing. Florida is averaging a 30 percent drop in average distance traveled — we have no idea how they’re receiving that data, but we’ll take whatever good news we can right now — and Osceola’s travel decrease is 41 percent. (The highest drop in the state is Monroe County at 56 percent; the Florida Keys was essentially closed to tourists and non-residents last week.)
Other areas of the state, such as Polk County and much of the northern part of the state which have far fewer COVID-19 cases and therefore no travel restrictions — Gov. Ron DeSantis has not placed statewide restrictions because of the wide range to outbreak in some places, from very few to very many — are in place.
State-wise, New York and Nevada, with some of the most widespread shutdowns in the nation, earned A’s in the survey.
Unacast goes into the methodology behind its metrics, if you want the real scientific scoop behind these findings.
So keep it up, Osceola County, follow the Stay at Home declaration and keep a low amount of mobility through its current April 9 end.