GROVE - Google collects mobility data for its Google Map program and that data is being used by public health officials as part of COVID-19 data collection.
The reports are called Community Mobility Reports and they are being collected throughout the world.
Data for Delaware and Ottawa Counties indicate that our two counties are behind the curve in sheltering at home.
According to the Google Data, from February 16 until March 29, statewide places such as restaurants, shopping centers, libraries and movie theaters have had a 36 percent reduction in visits. That mobility for Delaware County is down only 16 percent and for Ottawa County down 21 percent. In the two top virus-infected counties, Tulsa County's reduction is 42 percent and Oklahoma County is down 43 percent.
For the same time period, statewide mobility to grocery stores, farmers' markets, drug and pharmacies is down 12 percent. However, in Delaware County that number has actually increased 20 percent while in Ottawa County that number is down by 3 percent. In Tulsa County the decrease is 18 percent and in Oklahoma County is down 16 percent.
As businesses are ordered closed, statewide the reduction in workplace mobility was down 32 percent. In Delaware County it was down 20 percent and in Ottawa County down 35 percent. Tulsa County's figures for this category were down 36 percent and Oklahoma County down 35 percent.
The mobility trend for residential was up an average of 9 percent statewide during this same period. For Delaware County it is up 12 percent and for Ottawa County up 8 percent. At the same time, Tulsa and Oklahoma Counties recorded a 10 percent increase.
The weekly projections indicate that Delaware County residents are still visiting grocery stores and pharmacies at a higher rate than before the pandemic, while Ottawa County's residents have decreased that mobility.
The data for every state and county as well as internationally is available online at https://www.google.com/covid19/mobility/.