The Census and COVID-19: Updates in Response to the Pandemic
Last Updated: 5/15/2020
Census Field Operations in Colorado Resume on May 18, 2020
2020 Census Field Operations Resume in Colorado
Census workers to wear PPE
Denver, CO - The U.S. Census Bureau is resuming 2020 Census field operations in Colorado next week. For the health and safety of Census employees and the public, field staff will observe social distancing protocols and will wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). U.S. Census Bureau field employees will begin dropping off 2020 Census invitation packets at front doors of households in areas that do not receive mail at their homes. This field operation follows current federal health and safety guidelines and does not require interaction between households and Census Bureau employees.
Households that receive the 2020 Census invitation packets are strongly encouraged to respond promptly - using the census ID included in the questionnaire packet. Coloradans can still respond online, by phone or by completing and returning the paper form by mail. Responding online with the Census ID or completing and returning the paper questionnaire helps ensure an accurate count of Colorado communities.
Check HERE for updates on field operations by location. This webpage will be updated weekly as field operations resume in phases across the United States.
Later this year, the U.S. Census Bureau plans to send census takers to visit Colorado households that have not responded to the 2020 Census to help them complete questionnaires.
Invitation letters have been mailed to all mail delivery houses. Third mailings, which include a paper Census form, began on April 6.
Hand delivery of census packets to the 10% of Colorado housing units that receive mail at a Post Office Box will be delayed until June 13, 2020.
If you live in a rural area:
If you have received your invitation: Complete your census immediately using your unique Census ID. It can be done online, by phone or by mail.
If you have not received your invitation, but have a city-style address (such as “123 Pine St”): Complete your census online, by phone or by mail. Please provide your street address, not your Post Office Box number, when asked to login.
If you have not received an invitation and do not have a city-style address: Wait to receive your invitation from the U.S. Census Bureau. Respond immediately using your unique Census ID once you do.
Updated Dates, updated 5/15/2020
The Census Bureau will resume its Colorado Field Operation on May 18, 2020. Other dates in the data collection process have been tentatively delayed. You can see the full revised schedule on the Tools for Communities page.
Seasonal Workers, People Experiencing Homelessness, and Group Quarters Enumeration
Workers laid off from ski areas or other tourism areas should be counted in those locations if that is where they usually live - even if they are not living there now due to COVID-19.
The Census count of prople experiencing homelessness has been postoned.
The Census count of Group Quarters locations (like nursing homes, prisons, and student dorms) began on April 2 and contonuing until September 3, 2020. The Census Bureau is encouraging administrators of facilities to choose an option for counting their residents that requires less in-person contact.
Outreach to Communities: Ways to Responsd to the Census
Keep your communities informed. Push social media and other electronic communications with your networks to encourage online self-response as the safest way to respond to the Census.