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: 394569

Reported Deaths: 5243
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah60720847
Washington42359405
Marion40153516
Clackamas33040387
Lane30428361
Jackson25105363
Deschutes23795189
Umatilla15144184
Linn14859183
Douglas13523293
Josephine10278247
Yamhill9840143
Klamath9112149
Polk8325102
Benton615338
Malheur593292
Coos5768109
Columbia438056
Jefferson424366
Lincoln365852
Crook343057
Union340756
Wasco318646
Clatsop263635
Baker221833
Tillamook218046
Hood River216537
Morrow197825
Curry193939
Harney121333
Grant109116
Lake105617
Wallowa76313
Sherman1933
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 5109348

Reported Deaths: 74802
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles153635127246
San Diego4091824350
Riverside3892365381
San Bernardino3762805983
Orange3352965756
Sacramento1690952452
Kern1582701828
Fresno1574692270
Santa Clara1528571928
Alameda1256281512
San Joaquin1080791835
Ventura1043091192
Contra Costa1042181056
Stanislaus919641429
Tulare867391100
San Francisco57141674
San Mateo56585631
Monterey52842626
Solano47828360
Santa Barbara47523555
Merced45309671
Sonoma43349414
Placer42458473
Imperial38932776
Kings35370367
San Luis Obispo31667360
Madera26388311
Shasta26221461
Butte25608318
Santa Cruz22402224
Yolo21722261
Marin18587249
El Dorado18448168
Sutter14646186
Napa13446106
Yuba1079891
Tehama10316131
Humboldt10294119
Nevada10112105
Mendocino864999
Lassen797656
San Benito787979
Tuolumne778491
Lake7057113
Amador580067
Siskiyou479657
Glenn458536
Calaveras445788
Del Norte377942
Colusa328321
Inyo257346
Plumas19577
Mono19034
Mariposa162218
Trinity100717
Modoc7936
Sierra2190
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