Hudson Valley Gets Near Failing Grade For Social Distancing
Many parts of the Hudson Valley are getting near failing grades when it comes to social distancing.
Unacast uses data from cell phones to create a Social Distancing Scoreboard. Unacast figures out the scoreboard by tracking cellphones to see how much we are traveling now compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic.
"While much is still unknown about COVID-19, it’s clear social distancing is widely agreed to be an effective way of slowing the spread, and a containment strategy advised by both the World Health Organization and the CDC," Unacast writes on its website.
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Unacast gives each state a letter grade from A-F. The website constantly updates. On Monday, New York was given a C- grade.
New York earned a C grade for 55 - 70% Reduction in Average Mobility; a B grade for Greater than 70% Reduction in Non-Essential Visits; and a F for 40 - 74% Decrease in Encounters Density Compared to National Baseline.
The goal of the Social Distancing Scoreboard is to help health officials, policymakers and other leaders make decisions.
All the counties in the region received grades ranging from a D to a C, according to Unacast.
- Ulster County: C
- Westchester County: C
- Sullivan County: C-
- Rockland County: C-
- Orange County: D
- Dutchess County: D
- Putnam County: D
- Columbia County: D