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Patrons of BJ’s Cabana Bar sit in the outside patio Friday evening.

As the term “social distancing” is added to Americans’ lexicon en masse, one company has come up with an attempt to quantify the practice on a wide scale and is publishing the results online with a “Social Distancing Scoreboard.”

Unacast is a company that tracks and provides human mobility and location data and provides that data to companies, but now they are using that information to track the effectiveness of social distancing practices throughout the country and has given a letter grade based upon their findings. The grades are determined using the change in average distance traveled based on data gathered before the COVID-19 outbreak compared with the present.

It is worth noting, this is brand new metric and it was not immediately clear how local factors such as an increase in truck traffic on I-40 or the recent migration of local Canadian Snowbirds affect the results. Distance traveled is not the only way to gauge social distancing. Unacast explained in its methodology it provided the “strongest signal,” as the company also initially explored “people dwelling at home vs dwelling outside their homes,” “changes in average time spent in and around the home over time,” change in dispersion of activity clusters.

For letter grades, Unacast awards an A for an average decrease in travel greater than 40 percent. A 30 to 40 percent decrease is a B, 20 to 30 percent is a C, 10 to 20 percent a D and less than a 10 percent decrease is an F.

Arizona and the Southwest as a whole got pretty good grades from Unacast, but Mohave County was lagging behind significantly with an F.

According to the scoreboard, Mohave County is one of six counties in Arizona with a failing grade. Unacast has measured a 12 percent increase in distance traveled within the county compared to their control time period putting it more than 20 percent below the threshold to move up to a D. La Paz County had the lowest score in Arizona with a distance traveled increase of 52 percent. Coconino, Navajo, Apache, and Cochise counties were also given an F by Unacast.

As a whole, Arizona received a B with an overall decrease in distance traveled of 34 percent. Maricopa was the only county in the state to receive an A, reducing distance traveled by 42 percent. Pima County (39 percent decrease) and Graham County (30 percent) were the only counties in the state with B grades.

Most of the Southwest is graded at a B or higher with California, Nevada and Colorado all given As. Utah was given a B, and New Mexico received a C while coming in at number four on Unacast’s list of bottom five states.

Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming rounded out the bottom five in the United States. The top 5 states are Washington, D.C., Alaska, Nevada, New Jersey and Rhode Island who all received As.

In all, Unacast gives the United States a B with a decrease in distance traveled of 39.84 percent nationwide – less than one percent below an A grade.


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If Trump has been so bad on this why are his numbers up even among Democrats


I am a person of facts, NOT feelings, NOT leaning to the Left, Not leaning to the Right but an American! Let's look at this mathematically. Italy this morning has 92,472 cases with 10,023 deaths that is a 9.2% mortality rate. The average medium age in Italy is 47.3.

Lake Havasu has a medium age of 53! The Spanish flu which by all accounts was the most destructive pandemic of 1918 had an average mortality rate of 2.5%. Is anyone understanding these numbers yet? Lake Havasu it headed for a S_ _ T STORM and yes, we all get an F for social distancing and the Mayor especially!

only in havasu

These are unprecedented times. Our Mayor is newly elected and I’m sure he’s trying his best. Having no local cases made things a hard sell to some folks. I will add the Mayor, in addition to federal and local agency’s, also must rely on City staff. We have a City Manager from some outside community near Phoenix. Was he conferring with public safety and health officials to make recommendations to the new Mayor? I highly doubt it, but if he did- he clearly recommended wrong. I heard from a group of friends not much is being accomplished where progress has been needed for some time. Inexcusable. I think the Council needs to ask some important questions before the lines start forming when this chaos begins to clear up. I know I will be writing a letter to the City, and I highly suggest others do the same.


Our City Manager was selected from a final four list in January 2018. He was the Public Information Officer (PIO)/asst. Manager of some Podunk town with a population of 25,000 and our City Counsel started him at $149,000 plus perks. He did such a fantastic job that he was given a "salary adjustment" within 5 months on the job, a substantial increase for a rookie!. He is making as much as our past City Manager who started in Havasu as a PIO. Now the Mayor he may be trying his best but in these times he has to do better than his "best", which is O.K. for manging the London Bridge Resort and his City Manager who stays out of the limelight, I would image is way over his head with all that is coming our way. McCulloch Blvd and its bars and restaurants told a sad story up until 2 cases of the virus were reported in LHC. I will write a letter but it appears to be a long way off by the time we get through this crisis.


Sign the petition to the governor to shelter in place here;


January 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” Taken from a Trump interview with CNBC.

February 2: “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.” Taken from an interview with Fox News.

February 24: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA … Stock Market starting to look very good to me!” Taken from Trump’s Twitter.

February 25: “CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus.” Taken from Trump’s Twitter.

February 25: “I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away.” Taken from a press conference Trump delivered in India.

February 26: “The 15 [US COVID-19 cases] within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero”; “We’re going very substantially down, not up.” Taken from a press conference led by Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

February 27: “One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” Taken from remarks Trump gave during an event commemorating Black History Month.

February 28: “We’re ordering a lot of supplies. We’re ordering a lot of — a lot of elements that, frankly, we wouldn’t be ordering unless it was something like this. But we’re ordering a lot of different elements of medical.” Taken from remarks Trump made to reporters.

“We’re ordering a lot of supplies. We’re ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn’t be ordering unless it was something like this. But we’re ordering a lot of different elements of medical.” — Trump on the coronavirus

March 2: “You take a solid flu vaccine, you don’t think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?”; “And we’re going to be very successful. A lot of things are happening. A lot of very exciting things are happening, and they’re happening very rapidly.” Trump made these remarks during a public meeting with leaders from pharmaceutical companies.

March 4: “If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.” Taken from another Trump interview with Fox News.

March 5: “I never said people that are feeling sick should go to work.” Taken from Trump’s Twitter.

March 6: “I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down … a tremendous job at keeping it down”; “Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there”; “I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it”; I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.” Taken from a press conference Trump gave at the Centers for Disease Control.

March 8: “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus.” Taken from Trump’s Twitter.

March 9: “This blindsided the world.” Taken from Trump’s remarks at a press conference.

And on it goes, each day a new and even dumber comment.


On and on and on, as every day we are exposed to Agent Orange's mundane impromptu statements while pounding his chest with political boasts unrelated to the pandemic. He continues to only open his mouth to change feet!


Since when did everyone rely so heavily on government officials to "protect" us? In a time where we have information at our finger tips why blame them? Are we as people not leaders? Do we need someone to tell us what to do? It is always easier to blame someone. Let's not forget that more people survive this then die. As of today 21,177 deaths and 113,977 confirmed recovered That is out of 7.8 billion people that live on this earth. Stay postive and rely on yourself not the government.


The mayor IS responsible in making sure the citizens he represents all follow the guidelines laid out by the CDC. That wasn't done at at the start. There was a subtle, yet recognizable message that the city was still open for business. The prompt action of public officials in dangerous situations helps to protect infants and older folks unable to fend for themselves. I can more than handle this situation, yet that 90-year-lady down the street is made vulnerable to the decisions that were made. A trip to the grocery store for her might be a ticket to visiting the morgue.


1-(844) 863-9314. This is a help line for those who are in need.


Well let's see, Lake Havasu City has a large number of people ignoring the virus threat. Lake Havasu City also has a large number of Trump supporters. Trump downplayed the threat of the virus for weeks. I wonder if there is any connection?


Here we go again trying to find some stupid way to blame Trump again. The answer is a HELL NO. Here's a question for you. How many of these idiots actually vote or even care who is elected?

Old lady

trump did not cause the virus. HOWEVER he is totally responsible for delaying the response by the USA. He's known about the virus since January and did NOTHING!


Where have you been Old lady? President Trump cancelled travel from China and caught flak from Democrats in doing so. He was on top of things from the start.


Jan. 17

The CDC holds its first COVID-19 telebriefing. Officials say that the agency will start screening passengers on direct or connecting flights from Wuhan. However, they said that they are not aware of measures regarding exit screening in Wuhan.

Jan. 29

Trump announces the creation of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force to lead the “United States government response to the novel 2019 coronavirus and with keeping him apprised of developments.” The White House said the task force was being led by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.

Jan. 31

The Trump administration suspends entry into the United States by foreign nationals who traveled to China within the last 14 days (excluding Hong Kong and Macau). This does not apply to lawful U.S. residents and family members/ spouses of U.S. residents or citizens.

Azar declares a U.S. public health emergency for COVID-19. The declaration was retroactive to Jan. 27.


Rest assured, Grover, NO ONE is "trying" to find a stupid way to blame the impeached fool. He has done an excellent job of proving why he is to blame all by himself. And as usual without Scut to guide you, you roam off into some idiocy about voting. Mentioning voting you do know YOU were not allowed to vote in a primary meaning YOU don't care about who is elected?


Hey Butthead, the Lysol and WD-40 is not for drinking. But then again you don't the difference. Stiff hung up on the voting thing. The Dems had that same problem a number of years ago when you didn't get to vote and the Republicans did. Do you remember that?

Old lady


Mr Lemons

According to the CDC, "social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible."

Unacast, the Norwegian company giving the social distancing "grades", is just trying to get media attention for their company. They are measuring changes of GPS data from a previous time to the present. They CANNOT determine social distancing (maintaining a 6' distance from others) for an area. All they can measure is that the distances the population traveled today is less or more than yesterday. This info is useless. The bar photo tells me more about SOME people not separating themselves than this company's marketing scheme.


I believe many people in this town are not taking this seriously. They think virus statistics are '"overblown" by the media or that "it won't happen here". Just ignore the deaths in other states and areas....we will be immune to this? You are only fooling yourself. Keep walking at Rotary Park on the busy paths where everyone passes about 1 foot away and hope they don't cough as you go by.


The first case of the virus has been reported in Mohave County, yes!, Lake Havasu City, and that "F" should be an "M" for Morons, as pictured with those bar flies rubbing shoulders at a bar on McCulloch. Now our Mayor finally stepped up and thinks it a good idea to take Gov. Ducey's advice and close the bars and restaurants. Day late and a dollar short people, stop listening to that idiot in the White House. He, as of yesterday, wants to see full capacity in our churches for Easter Sunday and sees no problem making asinine statements like that as the virus continues to escalate!

Old lady

[thumbup] AGREED!!!


So its basically bull crap![thumbdown]


Lake Havasu City leaders are a big reason for that F.






I got to correct you simon1dog, the people who were supposed to be our leaders are a big reason for that F... Real leaders would have erred on the side of caution to protect the people they are responsible for.


HavasuGuy - [thumbup]



Mr Lemons

The mayor is not responsible for me. I am responsible for myself.


I am also responsible for myself. As a father, I am also responsible for my children. A mayor is responsible for their self and for ALL of the citizens that they represent. Decisions that we all make have consequences.

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