MEDFORD, Ore -- Normally when you think of the US Census you think of door knocking. This year that isn't the case.
Field operations like door knocking are postponed until June 1st. This is requiring people to self-respond.
"We have had to make some postponements of our census field operations," said Jeffrey Enos, regional Census director for Oregon. "Participating in the census is kind of like a vote. A vote for yourself, and a vote for your community."
Oregon's response rate right now is more than 50 percent.
"We only do the census once every decade so we want to make sure we get it right," said Enos.
In February of this year, NewsWatch 12 told you about a group called We Count Oregon. It's a statewide effort focused on hard to count communities.
"Our campaign is trying to engage the individuals living in that area to participate in the census," said Precious Edmonds. She is the Community Engagement Coordinator for We County Oregon.
The group is still reaching out to the hard to count communities. Instead of having in-person sessions, it's having virtual meetings and it also has a phone bank to call people.
"That's the whole reason we are postponing. Why we are adjusting the schedule is to assure that first and foremost the health and safety of our employees. Secondly, to make sure we have a full and accurate census count," said Enos.