With technology being what it is these days, it’s easy to track traffic flows and community movements. Because of the stay-at-home orders recently and the safer-at-home orders currently in place, our traffic levels are low. In the chart below we can see how social distancing and orders to stay home influenced movement.
Folks in Mesa County have done a great job at reducing their visits to retail stores (easy, since many were closed) and to their workplaces. We can see that many folks were able to work from home or, unfortunately, were laid off. The slight increase in folks staying at home is interesting as well. Mostly though, what we see is that in Mesa County, especially, getting outside is has been crucial. Anecdotally, we know that many have taken to hiking recently as stories of crowded parking lots have become standard.
Social distancing can still work at crowded trailheads and, in most cases, once people are out on the trails they’re spread out.
While these charts are helpful, what we’re seeing in our day-to-day activities shows us much of the same. Social distancing and stay at home orders here in Mesa County have absolutely led to less movement. Riding a bike from home hasn’t seemed as dangerous in the past month because traffic has been lighter. Less people on the roads has led to fewer accident injuries as well.
We hope that, under our new safer-at-home plan, you’re staying healthy and using good judgement. Our community has, and will continue to, do a great job of working together to make it through hard times.
If you’ve been injured and need help, we’re here for you! Call our office or contact us via email today.