COVID-19 & the Census
The 2020 Census is happening now. It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone, or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker. Taking time to respond to the 2020 Census now means a census taker will not need to visit your home later. Census takers will visit households that do not respond to the 2020 Census.
Coronavirus Impact on 2020 Census Operations
The U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted its 2020 Census operations due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The self-response period for the 2020 Census has been extended until September 30.
As the situation continues to evolve, the U.S. Census Bureau is monitoring conditions at state and local levels. Ongoing operational adjustments are being made to protect the health and safety of residents and employees. In-person activities – including enumeration, office work, and processing activities – will always incorporate the most current guidance from federal, state, and local authorities regarding COVID-19.
Guidance for Community Partners
Community partners are encouraged to follow guidance from public health authorities regarding events and group activities – including those related to the 2020 Census. The latest guidance and updates about COVID-19 in Pennsylvania can be found at the PA Department of Health webpage.