Location data collection firm believes it can rate social distancing efforts

Location data collection firm believes it can rate social distancing efforts

If how far people go during their day equates to a measure of social distancing, residents of LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, and Lee counties are doing well. They get a grade of B in Unacast’s social distancing scorecard.

Doing better are Putnam, Dekalb, and Kendall counties’ residents, cutting their travel distances in half and earning an A.

Decreasing travel by just one-eighth are those in Grundy and Bureau counties. They get a D.

Overall, Illinois gets an A with a 49% travel distance reduction.

Unacast says its way of figuring how much social distancing people are doing isn’t perfect, but it’s working to improve that. The company collects location data from cell phone apps.

Specific county information as of midday Thursday, March 26:

    County, grade, travel distance change

LaSalle, B, -32%
Grundy, D -16%
Livingston, B, -37%
Marshall, B, -33%
Putnam, A, -58%
Bureau, D, -16%
Lee, B, -37%
Dekalb, A, -55%
Kendall, A, -49%

The Social Distancing Scoreboard