People in Teton County are staying home. Our phones prove it

JACKSON, Wyo. — Physical distancing measures and mandatory public health orders appear to be working in Teton County.

According to data compiled by Google based on location tracking, Teton County residents are going out significantly less than they usually do. The data show how visits and length of stay at different places compared to a baseline over the past month and a half.

The baseline is the median value, for the corresponding day of the week, during a five-week period from January 3 to February 6 2020.

According to the reports, retail and recreation-based travel in Teton County is down 83% compared to the baseline. Grocery and pharmacy is down 50%, park visitation is down 57%, time at transit stations is down 80%, and workplace time is down 70%.

These numbers are significantly higher compared to the state as a whole. In fact, park visitation across the state is actually up 29%, according to Google’s most recent report. Grocery and pharmacy visits are only down 13%, and workplace time is down 29%.

The data are based on location tracking on personal cell phones. Our phones can track and log our location data wherever we go, and you can adjust your phone’s privacy settings to help collect more location data and paint a more comprehensive picture of local physical distancing success.

Bottom line: Teton County is staying home way more than usual. Keep it up, and help flatten the curve.

Chart: Google Statistics

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