CENSUS BUREAU TO RESUME FIELD OPERATION IN SELECT LOCATIONS
Census workers will begin taking packet to homes in Arkansas. They will have bags, computers and ID cards with the census logo. If anyone has any concern that fraud is occurring, they may call 911 and local Police will ensure the person is a legitimate Census employee.
The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, will begin to drop off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of 77,400 households in the state of ARKANSAS this week. This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their physical address. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each week, we will determine which offices can begin ramping up again, and we’ll keep the public informed.
Temporary field staff from Area Census Offices in Fayetteville and Little Rock, AR 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. This operation is contactless and follows the most current federal health and safety guidelines.
The health and safety of Census Bureau staff and the public is always a top priority. This operation is crucial to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities, which helps guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year.
People are strongly encouraged to respond promptly to the 2020 Census using the ID number included in the questionnaire packet. Responding with a census ID or the paper questionnaire helps ensure the best count of their community. People can respond online, by phone or by using the paper form in the packet.