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Census Day arrives with US almost paralyzed by coronavirus

(AP) Census Day arrives Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the novel coronavirus.

April 1 is the date used to reference where a person lives for the once-a-decade count.

The virus's spread has forced the U.S. Census Bureau to suspend field operations for a month, from mid-March to mid-April. That's when the hiring process would be ramping up for tens of thousands of temporary census takers.

It also has delayed the start of counts for the homeless and people living in group quarters and has pushed back the deadline for wrapping up the head count to mid-August.

The coronavirus has also limited access to computers and educational resources due to closings and outreach efforts moving online. Many college students have moved back to their hometowns but should still be counted as if they were in regular session in the county they go to school in.

Despite these challenges, a benefit to Census-taking during the coronavirus is that many people have free time to fill out census forms and inform others on how to do so.

In Black Hawk County, as of 3/29, 41% of the county was counted.

You can complete the 2020 Census here.

Associated Press

Andrew Pearce

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