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2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

We’re adapting or delaying some of our operations to protect the health and safety of our staff and the public and make sure we get the same population counted another way.

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The 2020 Census is underway and households across America are responding every day. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to:

  • Protect the health and safety of Census employees and the American public.
  • Implement guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.
  • Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.

The table below summarizes the adjustments to operations. Should any additional adjustment become necessary, the Census Bureau will promptly publish the change in an updated document.

 

Status of Current Operations

Self-Response Phase

The public is strongly encouraged to respond online. (Options for responding by phone or mail are also available.)

Planned Schedule

March 12-July 31

Adjustment

Extended

Revised Schedule

March 12-August 14

Update Leave

Census takers will drop off invitations at the front doors of 5 million households. These households can respond online now—even without their invitation—by providing their address.

Planned Schedule

March 15-April 17

Adjustment

Delayed

Revised Schedule

March 29-May 1

Update Enumerate

Census takers will interview about 2,000 households in remote parts of northern Maine and southeast Alaska. They’re interviewing people outside their home, allowing 6 feet of space between one another.

Planned Schedule

March 16-April 30

Adjustment

Suspended and Extended

Revised Schedule

March 16-May 14

Mobile Questionnaire Assistance

Census Bureau staff will assist people with responding online at places such as grocery stores and community centers.

Planned Schedule

March 30-July 31

Adjustment

Delayed

Revised Schedule

April 13-August 14

Early Nonresponse Followup (NRFU)

Census takers will follow up with households that haven’t responded yet around some colleges and universities.

Planned Schedule

April 9-July 31

Adjustment

Delayed

Revised Schedule

May 7-August 14

Nonresponse Followup (NRFU) and NRFU Reinterview

Census takers will interview households in person that have not responded online, by phone, or by mail.

Planned Schedule

May 13-July 31

Adjustment

Delayed

Revised Schedule

May 28-August 14

Group Quarters Enumeration

We’re encouraging administrators of facilities like nursing homes, prisons, and student housing to choose an option for counting their residents that requires less in-person contact.

Planned Schedule

April 2-June 5

Adjustment

Delayed

Revised Schedule

April 16-June 19

Service Based Enumeration

We’re working with service providers at soup kitchens, shelters, and regularly scheduled food vans to count the people they serve.

Planned Schedule

March 30-April 1

Adjustment

Delayed

Revised Schedule

April 29-May 1

Census counts people experiencing homelessness outdoors

Census takers will count people under bridges, in parks, in all-night businesses, etc.

Planned Schedule

April 1

Adjustment

Delayed

Revised Schedule

May 1

Enumeration of Transitory Locations

Census takers count people staying at campgrounds, RV parks, marinas, and hotels if they do not usually live elsewhere.

Planned Schedule

April 9-May 4

Adjustment

Delayed

Revised Schedule

April 23-May 18

Deliver apportionment counts to the President

By law, the Census Bureau will deliver each state’s population total, which determines its number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Planned Schedule

By December 31

Adjustment

On schedule

Revised Schedule

By December 31

Deliver redistricting counts to states

By law, the Census Bureau will deliver the local counts each state needs to complete legislative redistricting.

Planned Schedule

By April 1, 2021

Adjustment

On schedule

Revised Schedule

By April 1, 2021

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Press Kit: COVID-19

The Census Bureau continues to carefully monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow the guidance of federal, state, and local health authorities.

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