Google data: Res­i­dents are stay­ing home more

Times Standard (Eureka) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Sonia Waraich swaraich@times-stan­

It ap­pears as if lo­cals have taken the shel­ter in place or­der to heart.

Hum­boldt County res­i­dents have de­creased their travel and in­creased their time spent at home along with the rest of Cal­i­for­nia, ac­cord­ing to lo­ca­tion data an­a­lyzed by tech­nol­ogy gi­ant Google in its new com­mu­nity mo­bil­ity re­ports.

Since mid-Fe­bru­ary, travel to places like shop­ping cen­ters and movie the­aters de­creased by 48%; places like gro­cery stores and phar­ma­cies de­creased by 23%; and places like dog parks and na­tional parks de­creased by 10%, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, ac­tiv­ity at tran­sit sta­tions de­creased by 48% and at work­places by 35%, while ac­tiv­ity at res­i­den­tial lo­ca­tions in­creased by 11%, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The data doesn’t give a com­plete pic­ture of what’s hap­pen­ing in any given com­mu­nity be­cause it’s based on data col­lected from peo­ple who opted to turn on their lo­ca­tion ser­vices, which al­lows the tech­nol­ogy com­pany to track where they are and is off by de­fault, ac­cord­ing to a Google news re­lease is­sued Fri­day.

“We cal­cu­late these insights based on data from users who have opted-in to Lo­ca­tion His­tory for their Google Ac­count, so the data rep­re­sents a sam­ple of our users,” the end of the re­port states. “As with all sam­ples, this may or may not rep­re­sent the ex­act be­hav­ior of a wider pop­u­la­tion.”


A new com­mu­nity mo­bil­ity re­ports from tech­nol­ogy gi­ant Google shows Hum­boldt County res­i­dents have de­creased their travel and in­creased the time they spend at home since the start of the COVID-19out­break.

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