COVID-19 : Despite Stay Home Stay Safe Orders, Folks are Still on the Move

On March 24th Gretchen Whitmer’s order to “Stay Home, Stay Safe” was a shutdown of the nonessential business due to the coronavirus outbreak. This was done once before by Michigan governor Albert Sleeper in October 1918. This was being done to “flatten the curve” and reduce the rate of infection so that hospitals and medical staff are not overwhelmed all at once.

In order to help local and state governments, Google has began a reporting site called COVID-19 Community Mobility Report. These static reports aim to provide insights into what has changed in response to stay at home and other policies aimed at combating COVID-19. The reports chart movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential. The data collected from mobile devices and smartphones is anonymously reported in order to protect individual privacy

Michigan COVID-19 Mobility Report

The data for the Michigan COVID-19 Mobility Report implies that there has been a drop of travel to retail stores, recreational centers, pharmacies, and grocery stores. However travel to parks and outdoor areas has shot up compared to the baseline through March 24th.


Michigan COVID-19 Mobility Report
2020-3-29 US Michigan Mobility Report from Google

As predicted people are staying home more and travelling less. The question remains is this enough to stop growth in the epidemic.

Michigan COVID-19 Mobility Report
2020-3-29 US Michigan Mobility Report from Google

Huron County Select Data

Data from Huron County Michigan is incomplete. However it does report that people are still travelling to local retail stores and pharmacies only 5% less then they were before.

Huron County Michigan Mobility Report
2020-3-29 US Michigan Mobility Report from Google

Sanilac County Select Data

2020-3-29 US Michigan Mobility Report from Google

Tuscola County Select data

2020-3-29 US Michigan Mobility Report from Google

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1 thought on “COVID-19 : Despite Stay Home Stay Safe Orders, Folks are Still on the Move”

  1. I am not a doctor or nurse, but our ambulatory sleep lab closed and I was deployed to help at our hospital. The virus is real scary. So many sad stories. Burnout is very high. if people could see what I have, they’d stay home!

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