Duval County ranked No. 3 in the country for travel, despite people being encouraged to stay at home, according to an analysis by The New York Times.
The Times pointed out Florida was behind other states in issuing stay-at-home orders, asserting that “people in Florida, the Southeast and other places that waited to enact such orders have continued to travel widely, potentially exposing more people as the coronavirus outbreak accelerates.”
The newspaper used cellphone location data to analyze travel patterns, looking at the time period between February 28 through March 27. As of Friday, March 24, the Times estimated the average travel distance in Duval County was 3 miles. Only Greenville County, S.C., (3.4 miles) and Jefferson County, Ala., (3.1 miles) had higher averages.
Florida remained the holdout among states hit hard by the coronavirus in not ordering residents to stay at home. A number of cities and counties in the state previously issued stay-at-home orders for residents, including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, which have over 60% of the state's COVID-19 cases.
- NPR contributed to this report.