County scores well in social distancing

Ray Scherer

Gasconade County is so far making the grade in terms of its practice of social distancing amid the national coronavirus outbreak.

That's according to nationwide research compiled by Unacast, a New York and Norwegian data company. Among its findings, Unacast says Gasconade County scores an "A" -- as of last Sunday -- in terms of its social distancing habits during the early days of the pandemic.

Unacast adds county residents produced a minus 41 percent change in distance traveled, after being asked to follow social distance guidelines. The company terms its toolkit as a "social distancing scoreboard," and looked at other factors such as how many people gathered in the same location at the same time and how much time people spent at home versus other venues. 

Experts agree social distancing has been proven effective in slowing spread of the virus, and is regarded as effective as part of a containment strategy.

The county was one of only 13 in Missouri the research identified as translating its social distancing practices into an effective score as of March 22.

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