Coronavirus pandemic may impact Census timeline

The coronavirus pandemic may delay completion of the U.S. Census.

Census officials are asking Congress for a delay in delivering the national count for U.S. House reapportionment purposes to April 30, 2021, four months past the existing Dec. 31 deadline.

Under this timeline, states would get their redistricting data no later than July 31, 2021, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau temporarily suspended 2020 Census field data collection activities in March because of the pandemic. As of Monday, 48 percent of all households have responded to the Census. To respond to the Census go to this link.

Census officials say the delay is needed to protect the health and safety of the public and Census Bureau employees; implement guidance from federal, state and local authorities and ensure a complete and accurate count.

In addition to helping determine political districts, the Census is used to allocate federal funds for many education and health programs.

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