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Census Bureau Making Changes to How They Take 2020 Census Amid Pandemic

Posted at 4:52 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 19:57:49-04

The Census Bureau is adjusting to the global pandemic by not sending census takers door-to-door in Tulsa.

Spokesperson Stephen Buckner says while this limits their ability to make sure everyone is counted, they’ve seen a good amount of people responding despite the lack of face-to-face contact.

“I think we’re on track right now and again, our response rates are right where they should be nation-wide and we’re working with local health authorities and national health authorities to make sure any decision we make is not going to extend to COVID -19 and put anybody at risk. So, we’re going to keep evaluating that on a daily basis talking to our leaders and understanding what changes need to be made. We’ve already suspended our field operations for two weeks through April 15 and that’s probably going to be extended a little bit further based on some of the recent health guidance but again, we’ll keep going after this and make sure we get an accurate complete count across Oklahoma and there in Tulsa,” Buckner said.

Buckner says the more accurate the count, the more federal money a community will get. It also helps make sure your state is adequately represented in Congress.

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