Thousands of residents are staying at home in California in response to coronavirus pandemic. Children’s advocates, preschool teachers, and social workers are using different means to make sure everyone gets counted in the census. Ditas Katague, director of the California Complete Count — Census 2020 office, said in a statement that as everyone is in shelter-in-place, they have to choose different ways to count the children.
She added that census outreach has to be both high-tech — with text messaging and social media campaigns — and low-tech, with flyers and signs in places where people still have to go. Nationwide, the U.S. Census Bureau has delayed having census takers visit homes in rural areas that only have P.O. boxes, following up with households that haven’t responded and reaching out to people at grocery stores, community centres, and colleges and universities. The last day to respond to the census was also extended from July 31 to Oct. 31.