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MCEF COVID-19 Response for 2020 Census

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Important COVID-19 and Census Talking Points

  • Public health and safety is absolutely critical at this moment of uncertainty. That is the case for the public as well as Census Counts organizations, staff, and volunteers.

  • But we must fulfill our constitutional obligation to complete the 2020 Census and count every single person in the United States. Our country’s future depends on it. 


  • Fortunately, it has never been easier and more accessible to respond to the census on your own -- online, over the phone, or by mail. All without having to meet someone in person.


  • Census 2020 is a modern, technology-enabled process that was designed precisely to offer multiple ways to respond. The Census Bureau is able to make necessary adaptations at the local level for special operations as well, as needed.

  • By now, many households have received an invitation in the mail to complete the census. This was planned and continued uninterrupted by the coronavirus. 

  • The Census Bureau, alongside the hundreds of organizations in the Census Counts Coalition, are prepared and are continuing to do everything possible to accurately complete the census.

  • Right now, our priority is clear: Making sure that as many people as possible complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. It has never been easier to self-report.​

Census Data Supports Coronavirus Response Efforts

  • Census data is critical for emergency planning and response. In the case of coronavirus, data can help identify where people who are vulnerable due to advanced age live so officials can implement key prevention efforts. Many of the resources people across the country are relying on in the wake of coronavirus due to illness, job loss, or ongoing need are directed by census data, including:

    • Health Care: Medicaid, Medicare, Child Health Insurance Program

    • Workforce Assistance: Unemployment Insurance, Aid for dislocated workers

    • Food Assistance: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

    • Disability Services

    • Senior Services

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