2020 Census counting officially began on January 21 with early data collection in remote Alaska and the first wave of mailings went out in early March. By law, the Census Bureau is required to deliver the count used for apportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives by December 31, 2020. That means that no matter what, the count must go on. The Bureau is now adjusting to the challenges of counting all Americans in the right place during the coronavirus pandemic.
In mid-March, the Census Bureau announced that it would delay the start of its field operation—the hiring and training of workers to go to households—until April 1. Here are the ways the Bureau is changing its 2020 operations that are most impactful to North Carolina:
Additional changes include suspension and delay of Update Enumerate operations (impacts northern Maine and remote Alaska) and changes to group quarters procedures. This memo from the Congressional Research Service provides full details on the impact of COVID-19 on 2020 Census fieldwork.
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