DENVER — After weeks of social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus, data firm Unacast is using cell phone date to grade states and counties on how well residents are practicing social distancing.
Unacast gave Colorado a C- for social distancing, Denver County received a B-, Douglas County received a B-, and Arapahoe County received a C-.
Many counties in the western and southwestern parts of Colorado received an F grade.
According to Unacast, the company analyzes several factors to come up with the grade for a state or county.
Unacast said it uses cellphone data to help pinpoint the amount of time a person spends at or close to home, and the amount of time a person spends away from home.
The firm said it also uses similar data to determine when a large group of people is gathered in one place, such as a grocery store.
Unacast then uses that information to calculate a grade for the area. But the company admits, the data it receives isn’t in real time, because the data only updates every four days.
There have been some privacy concerns surrounding how Unacast, a Norwegian company, collects this data.
The company released this statement on its website: