The people of Greenville County are not staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from the New York Times.
In fact, out of all counties across the United States with populations 500,000 or greater, Greenville ranks as the very worst county in terms of its citizens following stay-at-home recommendations.
The report, released Thursday April 2, said the average travel for a Greenville County resident was 3.4 miles on March 27, the day the report studied. Location data was gathered through Cueiq, a data intelligence firm that measures how much people travel each day.
The article mentioned Spartanburg County as well, where “people were still going to the hardware store to buy supplies for home-improvement projects, and pictures from children’s birthday parties and playdates were being posted on Facebook.”
Still, not all travel should be treated equally, as there is a crucial difference between driving a few miles to pick up groceries and strolling around downtown Greenville.
County Council Chairman Butch Kirven said he attributed Greenville County’s large population and geographic layout as the primary driver for its ranking on the list.
“Our characteristics vary from area to area,” Kirven said. “We have a tight urban center, as well as real rural type areas. That means in many cases people are very spread out.”
Kirven said he believes stay-at-home recommendations are being followed diligently by most county residents.
“I’m seeing it all around,” he said. “Businesses are modifying their operations, protecting their customers and employees. People are spreading out, observing protocols. I think we’re doing fairly well and are continuing to do better the more we get the word out.”