US Census Field Work Suspended until April 1 in Response to Coronavirus Mitigation Efforts
Updated: Mar 23, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC (MAR 19 2020) As of yesterday, Wednesday, March 20, all 2020 Census field operations were suspended for two weeks until April 1, 2020. The Census Bureau said it took that step "to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees, and everyone going through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions."
This means that no one in Monroe County will be visited by census workers. If approached, residents should not allow entry and contact your local police departments. No census takers have been in the field. The only census workers who have visited homes this month have been delivering the census "invitations" to people without home delivery from their local post office. During this pause in field operations, the Census Bureau said it will evaluate all 2020 Census operations. Should any additional adjustments need to be made, the Census Bureau said that it will communicate these changes broadly and promptly.
In late May, census takers around the nation are currently scheduled to begin visiting households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census to help complete the count. The Bureau said that in light of the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, it plans to adjust census taker and survey operations as necessary in order to follow the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities.
The Census Bureau is strongly encouraging the public to respond to the 2020 Census online, using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet, or by phone or mail.
For other Census Bureau household and economic surveys separate from the 2020 Decennial Census, the Bureau said it would begin using phone calls instead of in-person visits. In the limited number of instances where an in-person visit is necessary, they said that they will work with public health authorities to ensure each visit is accomplished safely.