How Ohioans are changing their behavior after the stay-at-home order
- Published: April 4, 2020
Ohioans are traveling and buying less, while visiting parks more, new data released by the state suggests. Dr. Amy Acton presented some of the figures at the governor’s briefing on Saturday, April 4.
The statistics, showing the difference in behavior on March 29, compared with the period of Jan. 3–Feb. 6, include:
- Retail and recreation: -43%
- Transit stations: -33%
- Grocery and pharmacy: -19%
- Workplace: -35%
- Parks: +117%
- Residential: +10%
Acton called the figures “proxy measures for how well we are are doing at staying at home.” Ohio’s stay-at-home order went into effect on March 22 and was extended last week through May 1. The figures include aggregated cell phone location data, Acton explained.
“What we’re doing together is making a difference,” Acton said, reflecting on the data.
“We’re giving our hospitals a little more time every day,” she added. “This is how you and I are changing this hurricane from a Category 5 to a Category 3.”
A New York Times analysis also used cell phone data to see where people were travelling on the week of March 23, showing that travel was down significantly in Ohio and other parts of the Midwest, along with the Northeast. Click here for a larger image.