Like a lot of East Texans, I've been spending some excess time at home. I'm not playing around with this invisible enemy known as COVID-19. I live along South Broadway. One thing I can hear quite a bit is the sound of traffic. Are Tylerites really staying home?

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Yesterday, I went to the grocery store. It is the first time in about a week that I had gotten out into public. One thing that did surprise me was the number of people that were at the store. Some even had kids or small babies with them.

Walking around picking up what I needed, it seemed that some were out to just wander around. I believe for the most part, folks are heeding the stay at home order from the city and state.

Proof that most are staying home comes from the city of Tyler and a traffic study using the collection of bluetooth data according to KLTV. The graph below shows how traffic has dipped from spring break through the stay at home order.

City of Tyler

The data was collected from the intersections of Loop 323 and 155 and South Broadway and Loop 323. Traffic dips on the weekends but makes a slight rise on the weekdays.

There is proof that staying at home is helping in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue to stay at home, as awful and hair pulling crazy as it's been. This will pass soon and our life will be back to normal before we know it.