Census Field Operations Suspended to Slow Spread of COVID-19
March 19, 2020
The Census Bureau announced this week that it will be suspending all field operations from March 18 until April 1, 2020. However, the public will still be able to submit their census forms online at 2020census.gov during this time. As of March 18, more than eleven million households had responded.
In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Bureau’s COVID-19 Task Force will continue to evaluate how they can limit in-person interactions while the outbreak is ongoing. The Bureau had announced last week that it would delay the start of its first round of door-knocking in college towns until April 23.
By this time, most households should have received their invitation to participate in the census by mail. The results of the census affect how billions of dollars are appropriated to state and local governments each year and provide the population information counties will use when they redraw their supervisorial districts ahead of the 2022 elections.