Cellphone Data: More Peoria County Residents Staying Put Under Stay-at-Home Order

Mar 27, 2020

Peoria County administrator Scott Sorrel says privately-tracked cellphone data released by major providers shows people are taking the governor's stay-at-home executive order seriously.

 "Peoria County is seeing a 39 percent decrease in the mobility of cellphones," he said. "Now that's a median kind of indicator, because not everyone has a cellphone, but for those of us who do, 39 percent of us are being less mobile, which means we actually are staying at home and sheltering in place, as the governor has asked us to do."

 But he acknowledges that much of the region's workforce doesn't have that option.

 "On a per capita basis, we have one of the largest percentages of healthcare workers in the country. So naturally, we're going to have a lot of employees that are tied to healthcare."

 

The stay-at-home period runs through April 7 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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