2020 Census makes operational adjustments

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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Operational adjustments were made to the 2020 Census.

According to the United States Census 2020, the 2020 Census is underway and more households across America are responding every day.

Online, phone and mailed self-responses will continue throughout the data collection process. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting 2020 Census operations in order to:

Protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau employees.

Implement guidance from Federal, State, and local authorities regarding COVID-19.

Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.

Under the adjusted 2020 Census operational plan, field activities would resume after June 1, 2020, as Area Census Offices begin returning to full staff capacity. In-person activities, including enumeration, office work, and processing activities, will incorporate the most current guidance from authorities to ensure the health and safety of staff and the public.

Gov. Kay Ivey on April 1st announced the official kick-off of the Census.

“It is an unprecedented time in Alabama; however, we must remain committed to Census participation,” said Gov. Ivey. “The COVID-19 pandemic shows the importance of state representation on a national level. If we lose a representative due to a low Census count, that would mean one less voice advocating for Alabama’s needs during critical times in the future,” said Ivey.