Kentucky Gets ‘D’ Grade on Social Distancing Based on Cellphone Data

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Andy Beshear (D-Kentucky) is asking people to stay home as much as possible to flatten the curve. Now, there’s actually a way to track if people are listening.

Tech company, Unacast, is using anonymous cell data to see how travel patterns have changed since coronavirus. What it found, is that Kentuckians aren’t changing their habits as much as leaders would like. Kentucky got a “D” on the Social Distancing Scoreboard. That Uncast data shows there has only been a 17 percent average change in distance traveled in the Commonwealth.

The scoreboard also provides a county by county breakdown. It shows residents in Cumberland, Owsley, Morgan and Fleming Counties have changed their habits the most during this call for social distancing. It also shows that residents in Hart, Henry, Whitley, Simpson and Gallatin Counties changed their ways the least.

During a recent Facebook live with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Dr. Jon Klein of UofL Health spoke about how Jefferson County residents are doing.

“We are only down about 30 percent in our traveling over the last several days. That’s just not good enough. My message is if you want to protect your family, friends, neighbors, doctors and nurses, restrict the amount of traveling that you do,” Klein said.

The Commonwealth can move up from a D grade to an A grade if Kentuckians would simply stay at home more, as they have been asked to.