COVID 19 Impact on Census
**This situation is still very fluid – the Census Bureau has moved dates, and we are anticipating additional changes as the COVID-19 situation progresses across the country.**
- People across America are keeping their families and communities safe and healthy by staying home, or serving the public by providing essential services. Filling out the 2020 Census is a way to do your part and help keep your community strong.
- Discrimination and oppression means [people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, immigrants, etc] are more likely to have low incomes or live in neighborhoods where resources are missing. That means many communities the census has historically missed are hit especially hard when there’s a crisis. A full census count can help protect our families, friends, and neighbors.
- Census data are critical for emergency planning and response. In the case of coronavirus, they can help identify where people who are vulnerable due to advanced age live so officials can implement key prevention efforts.
- Many of the resources people across the country are relying on in the wake of coronavirus due to illness, job loss, or ongoing need are directed by census data, including:
- Health Care: Medicaid, Medicare, Child Health Insurance Program, hospital funding
- Workforce Assistance: unemployment insurance, aid for dislocated workers
- Food Assistance: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
- Disability Services
- Senior Services
- The Census Bureau will begin in some areas following up with households who have not yet responded to the 2020 Census as early as late July. The best way to prevent a census taker from showing up at your door is to respond today online at 2020Census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020.
- Got a text or email from the Census Bureau? It might be the Household Pulse survey! The Census Bureau is sending texts from 39242 and emails from COVID.firstname.lastname@example.org with a few questions to better understand how coronavirus has impacted the people in your home.
- We all have a part to play in protecting our communities and building a stronger future together. You can start by filling out the 2020 Census — online, by phone, or by mail.
7/14/20: Operations Update
- Nonresponse follow-up (NRFU) soft-launch this week. Enumerators being trained and will go into the field July 16. ACOs shown in HTC map
- Starting 7/16: ME, WV, LA, MO, OK, ID
- 40 ACOs launching 7/30
- NRFU going to be much more fluid than planned. Going into communities for a shorter amount of time, but with a higher investment.
- The Census Bureau’s Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA) Program starting this week with key adjustments
- Not in large crowds. Focused on where people will still be accessing services + outside homes (grocery stores, libraries, food banks)
- Coordination is hyper-local, determined by region of jurisdiction.
- Census Counts is not encouraging in-person engagement
- For more information on where these will be located, reach out to local partnerships specialists
- Census Bureau will require all in-person workers wear PPE
- Requiring masks
- Providing gloves, hand sanitizer
- With CQR group/epidemiologist, looking to see what in-person engagement looks like
- Q: Is the Bureau doing advertising to announce door-knocking?
- Advertising is ramping up this week. Regional surges starting today and continuing through August. First round of creative encourages responding now to avoid door knocking. Awaiting confirmation on advertising about door knocking, last update was that they didn’t plan on doing this
- Nonresponse follow-up (NRFU) soft-launch this week. Enumerators being trained and will go into the field July 16. ACOs shown in HTC map
7/6/20: 61.9% national response rate. COVID-19 surges, but no overall policy change to field operations from the Bureau (in person engagement i.e. MQAs, etc.)
- Integrated two weeks per region activation of communications (paid/earned media, advertising) picks up in July. Paid media will run in every Designated Market Areas (DMA) for two weeks, focusing on cities with over 100,000 people. Where less, will be focused on low self-response rates. These are the surge moments scheduled:
- July 13 – 19 Chicago
- July 20 – 26 Philadelphia/Atlanta/Denver
- July 27 – August 2 NYC/LA
6/15/20: Census Operations Update
- 6th mailing: is going to be a postcard with unique ID, will not include paper questionnaire. Will arrive between July 22nd – 28th.
- Service-based enumeration/count of those experiencing homelessness rescheduled to September 22nd – 24th. More to come for how we mobilize around this moment
- Update/leave resumed June 14th – July 29th
- NRFU (non-response follow up – “door-knocking”) will begin August 11th. Soft launches for system changes and operational field plan tests beginning in July. 6 ACOS (out of 270) will be known by end of June. As we communicate to when households might have an enumerator come to their door, important to remember that July could be a possibility
- Mobile Questionnaire Assistance Program to be redeployed in late June
- Bureau has announced dates for regional surges/weeks of action. Dallas July 13 -19, Atlanta July 20 – 26 , NYC July 27 – August 2
6/10/20: 60.8%, Massachusetts hits 63% and turns darker blue.
6/9/20: 60.8%, Georgia hits 57% and turns medium blue. Idaho, New Jersey both hit 63% and turn darker blue. Puerto Rico still lags, but has reached 9.1%. Alaska, 41.5%, Wyoming, 50.8%, New Mexico, 48.4%, West Virginia 48.2% and Maine, 50.9% are all still under 51%, and remain light orange on the map. The Census Bureau has completed 73% of the update/leave work. They have also opened up 247 out of 248 Area Census Offices (ACOs). The last one to remain closed is in Navajo country, Arizona. Some offices have been closed because of the BLM protests, but there isn’t a list available, and these closures are temporary. The Census Bureau is also planning a 6th mailer that will be in English and Spanish. The coalition has noticed an uptick in Census completions in low response areas, following targeted outreach, so our
6/8/20: 60.7%, no map change
6/6/20 & 6/7/20: The Census Bureau is no longer reporting numbers over the weekend, since response rate increases have slowed significantly.
6/5/20: 60.7%, North Carolina hits the 57% mark and turns a darker shade of blue
6/4/20: 60.6%, no map change
6/3/20: 60.6%, no map change
6/2/20: 60.5% national response rate. No map changes. The Census Bureau pushed to re-open all field offices by 6/1/20, however a few cities have closed field offices in response to the Black Lives Matter protests. The reasoning is that Census Bureau employees don’t feel safe doing door-to-door Update/Leaves operations. States below 51% are: Puerto Rico 8.9%, Maine 50.6%, West Virginia 48%, Wyoming 50.6%, and Arizona 48.1%.
6/1/20: 60.5% self-response rate nationally. A number of members of the Census Counts coalition have chosen to postpone GOTC actions planned for this upcoming week in solidarity with Black communities. There are a few census action moments to plug into this week to elevate why it’s essential that Black communities are counted:
5/30/20 – 6/5/20: National Coalition on Black Civic Participation is hosting #CountMeBlack “Black Women Own Our Power – Count Black Women & Families”, find more information at www.unitycampaign.org/
- Color of Change will be sharing additional census messaging & content in the days ahead which we will share.
Message of the Week:
- We honor the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and the countless other Black people who have been killed by police officers. We are devastated by this ongoing violence and the failure of our government to protect Black communities is unacceptable.
- The people-led protests in cities across the United States are a reflection of the pain we all feel and a demand for an end to state-sanctioned violence against Black people.
- Black communities deserve real justice: structural change instead of broken promises, freedom from unjust and targeted policing, and the space and resources to grieve and heal.
- Black lives matter. It’s why we continue to build power within and between our communities to bring an end to police brutality. It’s why we work to ensure every Black person claims their right to be counted and seen in the census.
- You deserve the power to build the world around you. Making sure our communities are counted helps give us a say in who leads the political institutions that have the power to protect or harm us.
- You deserve to thrive, not just survive. The same racism that permeates our justice system and sanctions police brutality has also robbed many Black communities of the resources they need and deserve. Getting counted in the census is a way to help reclaim those resources and bring in funding for health care, food, housing, and schools.
- June is Pride month, it’s immigrant heritage month, and it’s a reminder that our struggles and liberation are connected. As we work to build, protect, and support our communities, there’s no better tool than our collective power.
- In Minneapolis and across the country, Black immigrants face and are on the front lines of the fight against police brutality. Black LGBTQ people face this same risk. Together we mourn and march for Tony McDade, and must work to dismantle the transphobia that has already led to the violent deaths at least 12 transgender or non-binary people this year.
- The Census Counts coalition organizes across a broad spectrum of advocacy: civil rights, immigrant, LGBTQ, disability, infant and child, poverty and homelessness, faith-based, labor, health care, education, youth, and more. We are growing our power out of shared fight for immigrant rights, for LGBTQ rights, for Black lives, and for justice everywhere.
- These protests are part of a long march toward justice. We must continue to build power within and between our communities. Black lives matter and they deserve to be counted.
5/31/20: 60.4% national response rate. The last states are supposed to resume door-to-door Update/Leave operations by tomorrow, including parts of or the rest of the following locations: DC, DE, HI, IL, MD, NJ, NY, OH, SC, TX, VA. The Census Bureau is keeping this PDF up to date with all expected openings. Faith in Public Life has decided to postpone the #FaithfulCensus Week of Action so their team and partners can focus on responding to the events surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.
5/30/20: 60.4% response rate, no map changes.
5/29/20: 60.3% response rate maintains. Colorado hits 63% and turns the next shade of blue. No other map changes.
5/28/20: 60.3% national response rate. Alaska hits 41%, turns a lighter yellow on the map! No other map changes. The rest of the states that are below 51% are: Puerto Rico 8.7%, Maine 50.4%, West Virginia , 47.8%, Wyoming 50.3%, and Arizona 47.8%.
5/27/20: 60.2% response rate nationwide
5/26/20: 60.1%, Oregon adds .01% and tips to 63% and goes a darker shade of blue.
- Census Bureau Updates – The Census Bureau announced that they will restart operations on May 25 in an additional 10 states: CA*, CT, MD*, MA, MI*, MN, SD, TX*, WI, VA*. Please note that there are states (marked with an asterisk) where some, but not all, ACOs are restarting. In addition to the below, the Census Bureau are expanding the resumption of operations in New Mexico (Albuquerque) and New York (Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse). The Census Bureau’s update and the list of states are available on the Census Bureau’s website. Find resources, talking points and information about this update here.
- Response Rates: The nationwide response rate is 60.1%. Find your state response rate here.
5/19/20: 59.6% national response rate – no change. The Hard to Count map displays borders for regions covered by each Area Census Office (ACO), which will help with figuring out which areas’ recipients should see packets left at their homes in the coming weeks. www.censushardtocontmaps2020.us, then go to the top right hand corner, and use the BLUE menu to drop down to select Area Census Office, then you can click on the map at your location to determine what ACO you are in and compare it to the ACO opening list here.
Update for 5/18/20: 59.6% response rate nationally. No map movement.
5/18/20: 11 more states (AZ*, CO, IN, IA, LA, NE, NV, NM*, NY*, RI, and WY) and Puerto Rico are resuming some field operations. Please note that there are three states (marked with an asterisk) where some, but not all, ACOs are restarting operations. The Census Bureau’s update and the list of states are available on the Census Bureau’s website. For areas where Census operations are resuming, it would be helpful to let customers know to check their front porches, or even just to expect Census Bureau people are coming around. They will NOT be knocking on the doors or engaging in conversations, just dropping materials, and they have been provisioned with masks and hand sanitizer. For the areas that are resuming Update/Leave operations, where Census Bureau employees hand drop packets at doors, questions are starting to come in about whether or not households should fill out the form again if they have already completed a Non-Id response. Households should only complete the Census form once, with or without a Non-ID response. The Census will be dropping packets at all doors on the Update/Leave lists, even if they have already responded, so it can get confusing. The only reason to complete a second form would be to add someone that was left off. We aren’t sure there needs to be a concerted effort to inform people of this, but if you get that question, we wanted you to have the answer.
5/17/20: 59.5% national response rate. No states tipped into the next bracket, so no movement on the map. Just an FYI, we use two maps to give these updates – the first, CUNY’s interactive mapping system, which we’ve been using a lot. This is where you can check out your census tract level data for the day. We’re also using Census Bureau itself, which has data available by date, so you can see how your area has changed since March 12th (they also track Puerto Rico, which CUNY doesn’t seem to do).
5/16/20: 59.4% response rate nationally. Florida, Kentucky, Utah, Connecticut all reached above 63% response rates. Puerto Rico is at 8.2%.
5/15/20: 59.3% nationwide response rate. Today, the Census Bureau announced that they will restart operations on May 18 in 11 additional states (AZ*, CO, IN, IA, LA, NE, NV, NM*, NY*, RI, and WY) and Puerto Rico. Please note that there are three states (marked with an asterisk) where some, but not all, ACOs are restarting operations. The Census Bureau’s update and the list of states are available on the Census Bureau’s website. The bureau will start dropping census invitation packets at the front doors of rural households and households that don’t normally receive mail at home (known as the Update/Leave operation). Area Census Office staff will begin returning to the office to support this operation as well as to complete the hiring process for Non-Response Follow-Up. A list of specific states and ACOs is available here. New communication plans are coming out soon from the Census Bureau, and it looks like they will be employing traditional and digital ads on small, micro-targeted areas with low response rates. We are encouraging agencies in these areas to let customers know to look for Census packets on their doorstep. Self response is the best way to answer the Census – online or over the phone.
5/14/20: 59.1% national response rate. Maryland hits 63.1% and turns deeper blue. We have a new digital Rural Toolkit to help reach areas that the Census Bureau hasn’t been able to engage with yet: https://communityactionpartnership.com/publication_toolkit/2020-census-engaging-rural-communities/?fbclid=IwAR2c45Vf2PXZwr3XFgt0XZ4P3M8uyOldskPrsKyzUr_98uM_NwfiqpUQxRQ
5/13/20: 59% nationwide response. Alabama is the only state to increase enough to reach the next tier, 57.1% earns them a deeper blue shade.
5/12/20: 58.7% national response. Minnesota is the first state to hit 69% self-response, and turns a darker blue on the map. Delaware hits 57%.
5/11/20: 58.6% national response rate, no map movement. Puerto Rico hits 8%, Alaska in striking distance of 40%. Hoping to see bumps from rural states that are starting to get their door dropped invitation packets in the next weeks.
5/10/20: 58.5% national response rate. Kansas hits 63%, turns a darker blue.
5/9/20: 58.3%, no map movement.
5/8/20: 58.1% national response rate. The Census Bureau has just released more specific areas where the drop off of census packets to update/ leave households will resume. Find an update and some resources below. Today’s announcement noted that operations will ramp up in an additional 54 ACOs across nine new states starting next Wednesday: FL, GA, KS, KY, MO, NC, OR, PA, and WA. This is in addition to the 13 states (AK, AL, AR, ID, ME, MS, MT, ND, OK, TN, UT, VT, and WV) that resumed operations this week. The announcement is here and the full revised operational schedule is here.
There’s a new resource available for completing the census if you’ve lost or didn’t receive your ID. This resource shows how to navigate through the online and phone options without an ID. Please feel free to reach out with questions.
5/7/20: 57.7% national response rate. Washington state and Tennessee both tip over into a darker blue, over 63% each. No other movement. Puerto Rico at 7.8%, Alaska 38.3%. West Virginia, 45.2%, Maine 48.1%, Vermont 48.8%, Montana 49.2%, Wyoming 48.2, all inching closer to the next range.
5/6/20: 57.3%. North Dakota tips over 57%, turns darker blue. Oklahoma tips over 51% and goes from orange to blue. All of the south half of the US is now over 51%, except for New Mexico, which is dragging behind at 45.1.%
5/5/20: 56.8% nationwide response. No map color changes. Puerto Rico at 7.7%, trailing everyone, Alaska at 37.65, second to last.
5/4/20: 56.6% national response rate. South Dakota hit 57.1%, and turned a darker shade on the map. Resuming Field Operations – Press Release.
The Census Bureau will be announcing today that some field operations, specifically Update/ Leave and Hiring, will resume in some areas of some states on Wednesday of this week. The Census Bureau determined the states and areas within states where it believes U/L can resume safely by evaluating: the operating status of the state; governors’ SIP orders; assessment of staff and readiness; and trends of COVID 19 cases going downwards. Notably, the Bureau has adjusted its Update/Leave operation in light of public health guidance to remove the “door knock.” This means that field staff WILL NOT knock on a household’s door to verify the address; rather, they will just hand-deliver census packets (Internet Choice version) and place on the doorknob. They will try to do an inspection of the property “by sight” to determine if there are other “hidden” housing units to add to the master address list. U/L staff also “spot” the location of the housing unit on a digital map. The full update and the list of states will be posted to the Census Bureau’s website today at https://2020census.gov/en/news-events/operational-adjustments-covid-19.html. Going forward, every Friday as warranted, the Bureau will post additional areas where U/L will resume the following Wednesday. Finally, the Bureau is evaluating ways to resume the hiring process, most notably by resuming the fingerprinting process, in the coming days and weeks, in areas where public safety measures and guidelines permit.
5/3/20: 56.3% nationwide. Texas, Arkansas, South Carolina all tip over 50%, turning light blue. Michigan hits 63.1%, moving to the next darker shade of blue on the map.
5/2/20: 56% nationwide. Nebraska and California tip over 63% to turn darker blue. North Carolina hits 51.3% and turns light blue. Alaska reaches 37% and Puerto Rico reaches 7.5% (without normal operations/invitations!)
4/30/20: 54.6% nationwide. Here’s an update for the Census Bureau’s paid media buys.
4/29/20: 54.6%. Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky and Idaho all cross the 57% threshold. Minnesota is just shy of 65% and continues to lead the nation in self response. Puerto Rico is at 7.2%
4/28/20: 54.3% nationwide response rate. The reminder post card that got sent out starting 4/27 through 5/9 might cause some confusion, since it mentions people will come knock doors for non-responsive households. If questions arise, we can tell people that enumerators won’t start door knocking until August.
4/27/20: 53.2% nationwide response, but no states moved up a color tier on the maps. *there are rumblings of some phone operators asking for User IDs, which is not correct. Anyone should be able to respond over the phones without a User ID, just like online. If you hear about this, please email Lindsay immediately with as many details about who received push back, when, what phone language line etc.* We are encouraging rural areas, PO Boxes to fill out the Census before they get their invitations, which is contrary to the Census Bureau’s guidance for those areas to wait for their invitations. We understand the usefulness of the User ID, however, we do not want to risk losing possible momentum.
4/26/20: 53.2% nationwide. Colorado hits 57%, as do Ohio and Indian. Florida joins Alabama in the south at over 51%. Puerto Rico at 6.9%, Alaska at 35.4%. We know these numbers are low because door to door is how these remote parts of the US are counted, and invitations haven’t been delivered in PO Box or rural areas.
4/25/20: 52.8% nationwide. Illinois reaches 57%, Minnesota turns darker blue with 63.5%, continuing to lead the nation. Alabama hits the 51.1% – they’ve been working VERY hard, and they are the first southern state to reach this milestone!
4/24/20: Lots more darker blue today! 52.4% nationwide response; Utah, Virginia and Kansas join the leaders between 57-62%. Census Bureau Small Business/COVID 19 surveys started to go out over email. We expect this to confuse people; push back did cause the Census to change some of the language to make this more clear, but people might confuse this survey with the decennial Census. Puerto Rico has a .4% jump to 6.6%.
4/23/20: 51.8% nationwide response. New Mexico tips over 41%. Puerto Rico at 6.2%. Washington state hits over 56%, joining the state leaders of Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, all between 57-62%.
4/22/20: 51.6% response rate nationwide.
4/21/20: Mailer 5, a reminder postcard, has been pushed back and will go out April 27th – May 9th.
4/20/20: Paper forms are still being sent out. This process has been elongated and will continue through the end of April. Reminding people to check their mailboxes is useful. We are still waiting for Congress to act on the Census Bureau’s request to extend data collection to October 31, 2020, however the Census Bureau has been operating under the new deadlines. 50.7% nationwide response. Wisconsin moves to next tier with 57.1%. Puerto Rico hits 6%.
4/19/20: Nationwide response hit 50.5%. South Dakota has crossed 51%, Maine crosses 41%. Puerto Rico sitting at 5.9%.
4/18/20: 50.2% nationwide response rate. California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Dakota are now over 51%; Vermont moves over 40%.
4/17/20: 49.8% nationwide. Massachusetts crosses into light blue with 51.1%, Missouri with 51.2%. Wyoming crosses 41%.
4/16/20: 49.4% nationwide, Connecticut crosses into light blue with 51.2%
4/15/20: 49.1% response rate. Kentucky crosses 50%, Montana over 41%.
4/14/20: Hawaii, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, West Virginia, Vermont, Maine all lagging behind nationwide response between 31-40%. Puerto Rico at 5.2% response. Minnesota still leads the nation at 58.1% response. The Bureau has adjusted timeline to reflect the new dates.
4/13/20: BREAKING NEWS: Census Bureau has issued additional updates:
Field offices currently scheduled to be reactivated beginning June 1, 2020, in preparation for the resumption of field data collection operations as quickly as possible following June 1.
Census is requesting an additional 120 days from Congress to deliver final data. If approved by Congress, this would extend self-response and door knocking follow up to 10/31. *THIS IS NOT FINAL, but has been proposed, and is a dramatic shift. Please stay tuned to this site to follow news as it happens*
48.1% national response, Wyoming and Montana have both reached over 50%. Alaska, New Mexico, Maine, Vermont, West Virginia and Puerto Rico all lag farthest behind. *these are statewide; many states are struggling on county levels, even if overall, their states are responding*
4/12/20: 47.9% of national households have responded. Maryland and Delaware have both reached over 50%. Puerto Rico has reached 5%.
4/11/20: 47.5% response. Idaho, Colorado, and Oregon all cross the 50% threshold.
4/10/20: 47.1% nationwide response rate. Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Maine, Vermont, West Virginia and Alaska all lag, although Alaska finally broke 30%. Puerto Rico is last with only 4.7% of households responding. Indiana crosses 50%. Minnesota is still leading the nation with 56.6% responding.
4/9/20: 46.7% response rate nationwide. MN has hit the next bracket, a darker blue, at 56%. The Census has not changed any dates or operations in a week. The response rate is significantly lower in rural areas and tribal areas, especially in Alaska, New Mexico and Arizona, because the Update/Leave operation of the Census (bureau employees hand drop invitations at homes) has not yet taken place. Ohio, Kansas and Illinois all crossed 50%.
4/8/20: 46.2% Paper forms are starting to hit for people who haven’t yet filled out their Census, so we can hope that gives us another national bump. Utah and Washington state rise over the 50% threshold. Puerto Rico lags behind everywhere else with only 4.6% having responded.
4/7/20: 45.7% nationwide response rate. Washington, Utah, Kansas, Illinois join MN, WI, MI, NE, IA and VA to cross the 50% threshold. Northern Midwest states continue to lead the country. Alaska response rate hits 29.4%, the lowest in the country.
4/6/20: 45.1% nationwide response rate. Virginia and Iowa hit +50%. More Census Bureau in-person operation delays — all field operations are now delayed until at least April 15th. There are some instances, like door to door enumeration, that has a new projected start day of May 28th. On the Census Bureau phone lines, Virtual Call backs have been suspended. The Census Bureau hopes they will be available again shortly. For now, there are long wait lines on the phones.
If people are uncomfortable doing the survey online and there are long wait times on the phones, waiting a week until paper forms hit mailboxes might be the best course of action.
Update/Leave operations have been suspended, which means that areas where forms are being hand delivered (tribal areas, PO Boxes, unreliable mail service etc). aren’t getting their packets. This means that large swaths of rural America have yet to be invited to fill out their census forms.
4/5/20: 44.5% nationwide response rate with Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota leading the states. Alaska continues to trail behind at only 28.7%.
4/4/20: 43.9% nationwide response rate, with Michigan joining MN in reaching above 50%
4/3/20: 42.8% nationwide response rate, with Minnesota being the first state to cross the 50% threshold at 51.8% responding
4/2/20: 41.3% response rate as of 4/2, Call Centers have been impacted by the COVID pandemic causing longer wait times. The best/fastest way to complete the 2020 census remains filling it out online, www.my2020census.gov. Census Bureau statement.
4/1/20: 41.3% response rate – Census Day activities are hopefully going to boost numbers, as we all push for self response
3/30/20: Response rate nationwide is 34.7% – increase of 2% a day
3/28/20: The Census Bureau has suspended field operations for an additional two weeks in light of the COVID 19 pandemic. The new estimated date for resumption of those activities is April 15, however that may change as this fluid situation progresses. Press Release
3/23/20: 21% of the population has responded to the Census!
Current Message for the Public: The Census is happening, and it’s important. It’s also easy to fill out online, at www.my2020census.gov or over the phones: 844-330-2020
RUMOR ALERT: Stimulus checks will NOT be tied to Census participation. The Bureau added it to its rumors page, which means that it’s worth addressing in a targeted fashion.
3/21/20: Here are two PDFs that outline the Census Bureau’s changes
Census Bureau press release from 3/19 is here:
- The deadline for self response online, by phone or by returning the paper questionnaire has been extended to August 14 (from July 31).
- The Update/Leave operation, which is the hand-delivery of census packets to about 6.2 million primarily rural households, plus most (not all) American Indian reservations, is now on pause until April 1 at the earliest.
- Group Quarters and Service-based Enumeration, which is one of the operations counting people experiencing homelessness, will be delayed until late April/ early May (date TBD).
- Hiring and training of new 2020 Census staff:
- The required fingerprinting of candidates applying for 2020 Census jobs has been paused for health reasons, meaning further on-boarding and training of new census field staff will be delayed.
- In-person training of Census Bureau staff has been suspended. The Bureau is working to shift all training on-line, including virtual meetings. Fortunately, much of the training already was on-line.
- Nonresponse Follow-up:
- The start of Early Nonresponse Follow-up, which are in-person visits to households that haven’t self-responded yet in communities with large off-campus college student populations, has been delayed to May 7.
- The start date of Non Response Follow Up, which is the door to door enumeration of all households that did respond to the census has been delayed to May 27. The end of this operation has been delayed to August 14.
- The Mobile Questionnaire Assistance operation has been put on pause for two weeks and will be reevaluated after that period.
- The American Community Survey and other surveys have discontinued in-person visits to households that don’t self-respond on-line or using a paper questionnaire. (Note: Under the ACS design, only a sample of nonresponding households receive a follow-up visit.) All 9,000 field representatives working on the ACS and other ongoing surveys are working to make connections by phone instead.