By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– After several months of delay due to COVID-19, the U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, has begun distributing 2020 Census questionnaire packets in San Bernardino County.
Census workers, equipped with personal protection such as masks, will deliver questionnaires to the front doors of households throughout the County.
Patricia Ramos, media specialist with the Los Angeles Regional Census Center, says the workers (known as “enumerators”) will not interact with residents or anyone in the household for the time being. “That’ll only happen when we start the door-to-door knocking, which won’t take place until August,” she said.
Field offices in San Bernardino County, which had been closed in response to stay-at-home orders, opened their doors in late May and plan to distribute 2020 Census invitations and paper questionnaires to 56,088 households here. 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.
The questionnaire-distribution operation is necessary to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities, which in turn helps guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year. Community members are strongly encouraged to respond promptly to the 2020 Census, using the ID number included in the delivered questionnaire packet. You can also complete the 2020 Census form online, by phone, or by mail. Visit my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to begin.