New Jersey was named one of the top five states in the nation for their success in social distancing, a critical element in flattening the curve and saving lives during the global COVID-19 pandemic, according to

Unavest, a company that compiles data based on cellphone usage from game, shopping and utility apps that Americans download onto their phones, found that New Jersey curbed movement by 50% in almost every county in the state. Two counties – Bergen and Monmouth – which saw the first recorded cases of COVID-19 in the state, each reduced movement by 56%.

New Jersey joins the District of Columbia, Alaska, Nevada, and Rhode Island in the top five. View Unavest’s other findings here

New Jersey’s public schools and school employees have played an important role in helping families to transition to the social distancing guidelines encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and as directed by NJ Gov. Phil Murphy.

While many essential personnel, including medical, grocery and retail, and first responders, have not been able to practice social distancing due to the critical services they provide, other New Jerseyans without those considerations have heeded the call of scientists and government officials.

NJEA applauds the sacrifice and efforts of these essential personnel and their families. By practicing social distancing as much as possible, we make their work easier and do what we can to protect them and other vulnerable residents, including senior citizens and those with compromised immune systems.

Here’s a listing of how much the people in your county practiced social distancing, according to Unavest. The percentage refers to the amount people decreased their movement. Let’s see what we can all do to improve upon these numbers even more:

County social distancing rates

Atlantic           55%

Bergen             56%

Burlington       48%

Camden           49%

Cape May        49%

Cumberland     41%

Essex               47%

Gloucester       43%

Hudson            51%

Hunterdon       40%

Mercer             49%

Middlesex        46%

Monmouth       56%

Morris              53%

Ocean              52%

Passaic             48%

Salem               22%

Somerset          56%

Sussex              47%

Union              49%

Warren             41%

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