The Journal Gazette
Sunday, March 22, 2020 1:00 am

What to expect from the census

Kristi Barber, Indiana partnership coordinator for the U.S. Census Bureau, offered a timeline regarding the census and information on how it is affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

March 12-20

The U.S. Postal Service delivered initial invitations to respond online and by phone. Areas that are less likely to respond online received a paper questionnaire along with the invitation.

March 16-24

Reminder letters being delivered.

March 26-April 3

Reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not responded.

April 8-16

Reminder letters and paper questionnaires will be delivered to remaining households that have not responded.

April 20-27

Final reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not yet responded.

If a household does not respond to the census, a census taker will follow up in person.

Everyone can respond online at or call 844-330-2020 for English as well as an additional 13 languages.

The U.S. Census Bureau continues to carefully monitor the coronavirus situation and follow the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities. We are adjusting some operations with two key principles in mind – protecting the health and safety of our staff and the public, and fulfilling our statutory requirement to deliver the 2020 Census counts to the president on schedule.

The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 to the U.S. Code to keep information confidential. The Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. Title 44 of the U.S. Code allows the National Archives and Records Administration to release census records only after 72 years.

The U.S. Census Bureau is working directly with Fort Wayne's Complete Count Committee to determine alternative ways to get the word out to individuals, specifically in those areas that have been historically hard to count.

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