The coronavirus crisis has dramatically affected economic and social behavior in Alaska. Getting immediate measures of the impact on economic activity is limited by the inherent lags built into the collection of data on economic variables such as employment and sales. Dr. Mouhcine Guettabi turned to some near-real-time electronic data to get a more immediate sense of how activity has been impacted. He used Google mobility data for Anchorage for February 15 to April 11 to track the change in visits to six venues:  grocery stores and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, retail and recreation establishments, workplaces, and residential units. A short summary of his results (PDF, 650KB) is available. The overall pattern is not unsurprising, with declines in activity at all venues except residential units and parks. But the data do reveal some specifics that are perhaps worth noting. Visits to grocery stores and pharmacies increased above the baseline just before the statewide shelter-in-place advisory was issued. But visits to grocery stores and pharmacies in the first half of April were about 15% below baseline. It is also interesting to note that visits to workplaces since the statewide shelter-in-place advisory are lower than even on the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday, February 17.