Data Shows 4th Of July Was Busy Travel Day Despite Pandemic
CELL PHONE DATA SHOWS AMERICANS HIT THE ROAD OVER JULY 4 MORE THAN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, DESPITE A SURGE IN COVID CASES
(CNN) – A new analysis of cell phone data in 10 coronavirus hotspots shows even more people hit the road over the 4th of July weekend than over Memorial Day, despite warnings from health experts.
The analysis comes from data by Cuebiq; a private company that the CDC uses to track general movement in the United States.
Cuebiq focused on the number of visitors to and from 10 metro area hotspots in the United States, including: Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Orlando, Tampa, Charleston, Miami, Phoenix, and Atlanta.
According to the data nearly all of these metro areas saw an increase in the number of visitors when compared to either Memorial Day weekend or the two weeks prior.
The sole exception was the Phoenix area, which saw a slightly higher percentage of visitors during Memorial Day weekend.
Orlando, Florida, saw the largest increase in visitors compared to the weeks leading up to the 4th of July.
Of the 10 hotspots, Atlanta residents were the most likely to travel, including taking trips out of state.
Experts say mobility is one of the risk factors for transmission of COVID-19, but it could be weeks before we see an increase in cases linked to the holiday travel.