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Mobile data reveals Valley is almost back to moving around like normal

Although California is currently locked down with a statewide’s shelter-in-place order due to the coronavirus pandemic, residents in the Central Valley are moving around once again, according to data from Apple.

Apple updates its Mobility Trends Reports, which keeps track of the number of requests for directions in Apple Maps.

In Fresno, driving requests decreased nearly 40 percent when Governor Gavin Newsom issued the state’s shelter-in-place order on March 19.

That number hit a low of 60 percent below average in mid-April.

As of May 2, the last reported date, driving direction requests were only down 13 percent from average and nearly reached normal numbers in the previous week.

Bakersfield has bounced back and had an above average number of driving direction requests over the last week, finishing at plus nine percent on May 2.

Driving requests in Bakersfield were down about 50 percent in mid-April.

Modesto’s data – the only other Valley city that Apple reports – shows a similar story to Fresno and Bakersfield.

Driving requests bottomed out at 60 percent below average in April and have rebounded to 12 percent below average on May 2.

The Valley’s numbers are similar yet-slightly-higher than the rest of the state and country.

California reached lows below 60 percent of average for driving requests in April and was sitting at 32 percent under average on May 2.

The data for the United States tells a similar tale as the same picture as California, with a sharper rebound. Numbers fell to 60 percent below average in April, ultimately rising to 16 percent below average on May 2.

Daniel Gligich
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.