RGV earns an “F” in social distancing, according to report

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HARLINGEN, Texas – With more people leaving their home, it’s a lot harder to practice social distancing.

A data website is giving out letter grades on communities practicing social distancing.

Restaurants, salons and retail stores are opening their doors after being closed for months. Some people are eager for things to return to normal. People including Steven Almazan are still hesitant.

“I got five kids of my own. I do not want them to have the coronavirus therefore I try to not expose myself,” he said.

Data from software company, Unacast, collects information grading counties across the country. We spoke to people in the community to ask them what grade they’ll give their community.

“The grade for social distancing now as we go through the stores of H-E-B and Walmart. You’re walking through the whole city it’s bad. I give it a solid D,” he said.

“Probably a B. We’ve been really good at social distancing. I’m from San Benito that’s what I think,” said Cameron County resident Erika Caxhanteje.

Here in the Valley we’re not doing well. Cameron and Hidalgo County are failing.

“I wouldn’t be surprised. An F from a D, it’s not too far away,” said Almazan.

The data collected showed less than 55 percent in essential travel. Willacy and Starr county earned a D. Health officials urge people to continue to remain at least six-feet apart, frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and wear masks.

To see where your county grade, click here.

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