MARCH 15, 2020 — The U.S. Census Bureau continues to carefully monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and follow the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities. We are adjusting some operations as outlined below with two key principles in mind: protecting the health and safety of our staff and the public and fulfilling our statutory requirement to deliver the 2020 Census counts to the President on schedule.
As of today, over 5 million have responded online to the 2020 Census. Currently, the planned completion date for data collection for the 2020 Census is July 31, 2020, however, that date can and will be adjusted if necessary as the situation evolves in order to achieve a complete and accurate count.
It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.
We are adjusting operations to make sure college students are counted.
We’re working with group quarters administrators to ensure we count their residents.
We’re working with service providers to determine the best way forward.
We’re delaying the start of our Mobile Questionnaire Assistance program.
We’re delaying our Early Nonresponse Followup operation.
The Census Bureau is also making changes to its paid media campaign, earned media efforts, and partnership outreach efforts to adapt to changing conditions while continuing to promote self-response. The key message right now for anyone with questions about how COVID-19 will affect the 2020 Census: It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.
We will continue to monitor the situation, take appropriate steps in consultation with public health authorities and provide ongoing updates.