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COVID-19: Pandemic Response from Kansas Counts

Kansas Counts is actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and following recommendations from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. This page is a resource for city and government officials, Complete Count Committees, residents, and any other census stakeholders.  This pages provides trusted information for Kansans interested in or supporting the 2020 Census during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

2020 Census Operational Updates

The U.S. Census Bureau continues to carefully monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) 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.

Self-response is extended from July 31 to August 14. 

Coronavirus 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 website my2020Census.gov is live and can accept your response (in English and 12 non English languages by calling phone questionnaire assistance.
  • 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.

Kansas Counts Census Day Twitter Chat – April 1, 2020

 

Kansas Counts will host a Census Twitter Chat to promote Census Day virtually and we want you to join in! Twitter Chats are quick and easy. Simply log into Twitter on April 1, follow the conversation and respond and retweet between 12-1 p.m.

The purpose of this is to increase awareness, drive engagement, encourage completion of the 2020 Census, and share knowledge about the 2020 Census through conversation.

2020 Census: What College Students Need to Know to Be Counted in the Right Place

 

How You Can Safely Promote Census Response

 

Here are some of the many ways you can safely promote the 2020 Census:

 

  • Post a blog or video message from your leadership encouraging census response.
  • Send notices to your employees and email lists to encourage response. Leverage collaboration platforms, employee resource groups, text messages, and customer bills and receipts.
  • Host a webinar or teleconference to share census information and answer questions.
  • Write letters to the editor or op-eds on why census participation is important, particularly to support challenges like the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Provide free advertising opportunities to promote the 2020 Census.
  • Actively monitor, fact check, and correct census misinformation on social networks.