New data show Indiana isn't social distancing properly

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Health officials have said over and over again the best way to slow COVID-19 is by social distancing, but new data show Hoosiers are failing at that.

Unacast, a software company based out of Norway, created an interactive scoreboard to grade how states and counties measure up to the social distancing guidelines recommended by health officials.

Using cell phone location data, they were able to track movements and scored on three metrics: how much people are traveling, how much they’re visiting non-essential venues and how much they’re visiting each other. The numbers are calculated every day.

Indiana as a whole is currently receiving an "F" grade and has hovered mostly in the D/F range for the nearly three months since grading began.

On Thursday, the state's health department announced 48 more deaths and 676 more cases of coronavirus. The total number of cases is now 29,936, while there have been 1,764 deaths.

The Unacast score is pretty bleak for most of central Indiana. Only Brown and Blackford counties scored as high as a "C-" grade Thursday. Carroll, Rush and Shelby counties received a "D" grade, with Tipton County receiving a "D-." Out of that group, only Carroll County was trending toward improvement in the daily snapshot.

Every other county in the area received an "F" on Friday. Martin, Switzerland and Warren counties graded best in Indiana, each receiving a "B-" with the latter two counties trending upward.

(KHOU contributed to this story.)