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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.

Cases: 173626

Reported Deaths: 2457
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Washington23309229
Marion20037299
Clackamas15216204
Lane11478144
Jackson9846127
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Deschutes698772
Linn410763
Yamhill407074
Malheur342558
Polk341752
Klamath340859
Josephine304262
Douglas302765
Benton272518
Jefferson205932
Coos196631
Columbia153326
Union141124
Lincoln129720
Wasco128628
Hood River112429
Morrow107815
Clatsop8838
Crook86819
Baker85114
Curry5919
Tillamook5763
Lake4137
Grant4044
Harney3046
Wallowa1575
Sherman570
Gilliam551
Wheeler251
Unassigned00

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Cases: 3714587

Reported Deaths: 60922
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Los Angeles122811823601
Riverside2972154525
San Bernardino2944644544
San Diego2745663662
Orange2687624886
Santa Clara1167722013
Kern1077641317
Sacramento1010581646
Fresno1004311642
Alameda850891475
Ventura802301000
San Joaquin714311334
Contra Costa66839781
Stanislaus603061028
Tulare49383829
Monterey43260352
San Mateo41050560
San Francisco35947517
Santa Barbara33830446
Solano31875239
Merced31196452
Sonoma29632311
Imperial27920718
Kings22755245
Placer21751283
San Luis Obispo20917256
Madera16234239
Santa Cruz15554203
Marin13851226
Yolo13547199
Shasta11677217
Butte11529196
El Dorado9688109
Napa965479
Sutter9268109
Yuba609844
San Benito596963
Lassen566624
Tehama543056
Nevada444775
Tuolumne406664
Mendocino398747
Amador361646
Humboldt358737
Lake339943
Glenn235425
Colusa219216
Calaveras205551
Siskiyou194021
Inyo141738
Del Norte12747
Mono12734
Plumas6906
Modoc4884
Mariposa4197
Trinity3985
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