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2020 US Census postpones field operations until June 1st

Depending on the population count, Oregon could get a 6th Congressional seat.

Posted: Apr 16, 2020 6:17 PM
Updated: Apr 17, 2020 9:23 AM

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. 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 11851

Reported Deaths: 232
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Multnomah282472
Marion183153
Washington181520
Umatilla9877
Clackamas95527
Union3692
Lincoln3615
Malheur3021
Lane2943
Deschutes2520
Yamhill1949
Jackson1780
Linn17410
Polk17312
Jefferson1630
Morrow1381
Klamath1351
Wasco1161
Benton1126
Hood River1040
Douglas600
Josephine571
Clatsop550
Coos540
Columbia480
Lake240
Crook181
Tillamook160
Wallowa140
Baker110
Curry90
Sherman40
Harney20
Gilliam10
Grant10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

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Confirmed Cases: 318761

Reported Deaths: 7027
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Riverside24765537
Orange23901421
San Diego19371422
San Bernardino18912304
Fresno790687
Imperial7827135
Alameda7725148
Kern633997
San Joaquin627968
Santa Clara5983166
Tulare5678152
Sacramento533981
Stanislaus463351
Contra Costa460589
San Francisco442650
Ventura424653
San Mateo3949112
Santa Barbara393131
Marin343430
Kings289839
Monterey254018
Solano207528
Merced188412
Sonoma165014
Placer105511
San Luis Obispo9054
Madera8938
Yolo83928
Santa Cruz5683
Napa4774
Sutter3724
Butte3384
San Benito3362
El Dorado3070
Lassen2750
Shasta1876
Yuba1803
Humboldt1654
Glenn1640
Nevada1631
Colusa1130
Mendocino1130
Lake1081
Tehama1041
Calaveras670
Tuolumne640
Del Norte600
Mono501
Siskiyou410
Amador400
Inyo341
Mariposa311
Plumas170
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
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