Special to The Dallas Examiner
The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, began dropping off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in Denton, Tarrant and Collin Counties on Tuesday. This is done in areas where many households do not receive mail at their physical address. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15 but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Temporary field staff have been trained to observe all social distancing protocols and will wear official government-provided personal protective equipment for their safety and the safety of the public. This operation is contactless and follows the most current federal health and safety guidelines.
The census packets will include invitations and paper questionnaires for roughly 5.1 million stateside households. This operation is crucial to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities, which helps guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year.
People are strongly encouraged to respond promptly to the census using the ID number included in the questionnaire packet. People can respond online, by phone or by using the paper form in the packet. For more information, please visit the 2020 Census COVID-19 operational adjustments page.