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Census Bureau Statement on Suspending In-Person Interviews for Surveys

Release Number CB20-RTQ.13

MARCH 27, 2020 — Effective March 20, in support of guidance on what we can all do to slow the spread of coronavirus, the U.S. Census Bureau has temporarily suspended in-person interviews for its ongoing surveys. The Census Bureau is closely monitoring this situation and will continue to do everything we can to protect the health and safety of the public and our employees.

Adhering to social distancing guidance from federal, state and local public health authorities, the Census Bureau has modified all of its data collection protocols to eliminate personal visits. Where feasible, census field workers will call survey participants and seek to collect the necessary information over the phone.

Many of these surveys have been conducted without interruption for 50 years or more, and form the bedrock of the nation’s statistical system, along with the decennial census. We encourage everyone to participate in these surveys if they are contacted — responding is especially important right now, as these surveys will help accurately measure the impact of the coronavirus.

For more information about the surveys we conduct, please visit the “Are you in a survey?” page. Information about how to identify a call from the Census Bureau is also available.



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