There’s yet more data suggesting that millions of Americans gathered for Thanksgiving despite public health pleas to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic — including Californians who were told to shelter in place.
More than four million people in the U.S. journeyed away from home for Thanksgiving, according to data shared with CNN by The Center for New Data, including more than 1.6 million who traveled out of state.
The Center for New Data is a nonprofit agency that works with reporting partners like ProPublica and the Washington Post, and tech partners like Snowflake
to study public issues such as the pandemic and election integrity.
For its Thanksgiving travel research, it used geolocation data to anonymously track the movements of more than 30 million devices across the country, comparing each phone or tablet’s established home base with its location on Thanksgiving to see