2020 Census operations suspended for two weeks, online responses recommended

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBT) – There will be some changes for the 2020 Census due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced a two-week delay in field operations.

Because of this, the Bureau recommends responding to the Census online or call the number on the paper form sent through the mail.

It’s closely working with colleges and universities to make sure students sent home mid-semester will still be counted in those communities.

This is the same for nursing homes, homeless shelters, and prisons.

Facilities like those mentioned above are part of the Group Quarters Operation, which is how the Bureau ensures an accurate count of people who live or stay in a group living arrangement.

The Census plays a major role in shaping the next decade, which is why it’s so important.

It determines the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives.

In addition, it’s used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Plus, the data collected determines how federal funding is distributed across communities.

As of Friday, 18.6 million people responded to the Census.

It only takes five to ten minutes to fill out.

To find out what questions it asks, click here.

To fill out the Census, click here.