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It's no secret that Americans are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak in different ways — some wearing masks, others flat-out refusing, some engaging in strict social distancing and others … well, not so much. New data from Google paints a fuller picture of just how widely our nation's response to the pandemic varies state by state. While in some places residents are stepping up efforts to avoid everything from retail and recreation to transit stations and grocery stores, in other states people are back to gathering in large groups. If there's one consistent thread, it's that people are flocking to outdoor places such as national parks, public gardens, and beaches (no surprise in the summer) and being more cautious elsewhere.

Here's a state-by-state look at the percentage change in visits to public places. Figures were found by comparing how people with location-based Google software behaved in the five weeks from Jan. 3 to Feb. 6, before the coronavirus pandemic, to their behavior in the two or three days leading up to Aug. 9.. 

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Arizona

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 24%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 30%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 13%
Workplaces: Visits are down 20%
Parks: Visits are down 18%

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Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Arkansas
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California

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 29%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 34%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 9%
Workplaces: Visits are down 20%
Parks: Visits are up 19%

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Connecticut

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 5%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 9%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 5%
Workplaces: Visits are down 10%
Parks: Visits are up 138%

Wilmington, Delaware
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District of Columbia

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 48%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 61%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 23%
Workplaces: Visits are down 27%
Parks: Visits are down 18%

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Georgia

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 14%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 29%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 6%
Workplaces: Visits are down 20%
Parks: Visits are up 47%

Maui, Hawaii
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Hawaii

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 41%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 65%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 26%
Workplaces: Visits are down 30%
Parks: Visits are down 55%

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Idaho

Retail and Recreation: Visits are up 10%
Transit Stations: Visits are up 42%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 19%
Workplaces: Visits are down 14%
Parks: Visits are up 237%

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Iowa

Retail and Recreation: Visits are up 3%
Transit Stations: Visits are up 10%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 22%
Workplaces: Visits are down 8%
Parks: Visits are up 215%

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Kentucky

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 9%
Transit Stations: Visits are up 4%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 4%
Workplaces: Visits are down 13%
Parks: Visits are up 146%

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Louisiana

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 18%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 20%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 2%
Workplaces: Visits are down 21%
Parks: Visits are down 4%

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Maine

Retail and Recreation: Visits are up 17%
Transit Stations: Visits are up 53%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 26%
Workplaces: Visits are down 1%
Parks: Visits are up 385%

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Massachusetts

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 14%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 34%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 11%
Workplaces: Visits are down 12%
Parks: Visits are up 142%

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Minnesota

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 10%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 31%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 2%
Workplaces: Visits are down 11%
Parks: Visits are up 147%

Vicksburg, Mississippi
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Mississippi

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 7%
Transit Stations: Visits are up 4%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are unchanged
Workplaces: Visits are down 18%
Parks: Visits are up 37%

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Missouri

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 2%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 4%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 5%
Workplaces: Visits are down 11%
Parks: Visits are up 87%

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Nebraska

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 2%
Transit Stations: Visits are up 17%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 5%
Workplaces: Visits are down 8%
Parks: Visits are up 164%

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Nevada

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 19%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 32%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 4%
Workplaces: Visits are down 25%
Parks: Visits are down 6%

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New Hampshire

Retail and Recreation: Visits are up 1%
Transit Stations: Visits are up 5%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 4%
Workplaces: Visits are down 6%
Parks: Visits are up 261%

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New Jersey

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 17%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 27%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 3%
Workplaces: Visits are down 11%
Parks: Visits are up 208%

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Outer Banks, North Carolina
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North Carolina

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 13%
Transit Stations: 
Visits are down 19%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 2%
Workplaces: Visits are down 17%
Parks: Visits are up 57%

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North Dakota

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 4%
Transit Stations: Visits are up 5%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 3%
Workplaces: Visits are down 9%
Parks: Visits are up 183%

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Ohio

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 6%
Transit Stations: Visits are up 4%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 1%
Workplaces: Visits are down 11%

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Oklahoma

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 5%
Transit Stations: 
Visits are up 6%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 3%
Workplaces: Visits are down 12%
Parks: Visits are up 61%

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Oregon

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 8%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 5%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 2%
Workplaces: Visits are down 16%
Parks: Visits are up 121%

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Pennsylvania

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 9%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 17%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 1%
Workplaces: Visits are down 13%
Parks: Visits are up 187%

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Rhode Island

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 6%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 25%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 7%
Workplaces: Visits are down 8%
Parks: Visits are up 291%

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South Carolina

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 8%
Transit Stations: Visits are up 11%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 1%
Workplaces: Visits are down 16%
Parks: Visits are up 53%

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South Dakota

Retail and Recreation: Visits are up 41%
Transit Stations: Visits are up 73%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 61%
Workplaces: Visits are down 2%
Parks: Visits are up 636%

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Tennessee

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 7%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 6%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 3%
Workplaces: Visits are down 16%
Parks: Visits are up 94%

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Utah

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 4%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 11%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 11%
Workplaces: Visits are down 19%
Parks: Visits are up 149%

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Vermont

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 5%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 27%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 6%
Workplaces: Visits are down 15%
Parks: Visits are up 240%

Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, South Carolina
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Virginia

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 14%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 23%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 2%
Workplaces: Visits are down 15%
Parks: Visits are up 100%

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Washington

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 9%
Transit Stations: Visits are down 17%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are down 1%
Workplaces: Visits are down 16%
Parks: Visits are up 134% 

Dolly Sods, WV
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West Virginia

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 2%
Transit Stations: Visits are up 21%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 12%
Workplaces: Visits are down 11%
Parks: Visits are up 170%

Door County, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin

Retail and Recreation: Visits are down 3%
Transit Stations: Visits are unchanged
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 7%
Workplaces: Visits are down 7%
Parks: Visits are up 265%

Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming
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Wyoming

Retail and Recreation: Visits are up 20%
Transit Stations: Visits are up 52%
Groceries and Pharmacies: Visits are up 37%
Workplaces: Visits are down 8%
Parks: Visits are up 336%