City of West Hollywood Update: Census 2020 and the Coronavirus Emergency
The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out about adjustments the U.S. Census Bureau has made in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. In support of Safer at Home orders and recommendations for physical distancing across the country, the Census Bureau suspended field operations in March 2020. This step was taken to help protect the health and safety of the public at large, Census Bureau employees, and everyone going through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions. The Census Bureau anticipates reactivating field operations in April 2020.
The following is Census Bureau information about planned timeline extensions and/or delays:
- Most households should have already received the Census form by mail. The self-response phase has been extended until August 14, 2020. Community members can respond by mail or, to ensure adherence to Safer at Home directives, may respond online at www.2020Census.org;
- Census takers will drop off ‘respond online’ invitations at five-million households across the country between March 29, 2020 and May 1, 2020;
- Census Bureau staff are planned to assist people at grocery stores with responding online from April 13, 2020 to August 14, 2020; and
- Census takers will interview nonresponse households in person, maintaining physical distance to ensure health and safety, between May 28, 2020 and August 14, 2020.
This information is subject to change as the coronavirus emergency evolves.
The City of West Hollywood, even during a state of Local Emergency due to coronavirus (COVID-19), is working to achieve a complete census count in Census 2020. “The census provides critical information,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “A complete count will help to ensure that West Hollywood receives a fair share of federal funding and investments and, on a state level, the count will determine California’s apportionment in the U.S. House of Representatives. As this coronavirus pandemic proves, its more vital than ever that people in our community take part and be counted.”
The Census Bureau is making every effort to protect the health and safety of Census Bureau employees and the public at large while ensuring a complete and accurate count of all communities. By law, the Census Bureau will deliver each state’s population counts to the President of the United States by December 31, 2020, which determines its number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. By law, the Census Bureau will deliver the local counts each state needs to complete legislative redistricting by April 1, 2021.
For more information about Census 2020, visit www.2020Census.gov.
The City of West Hollywood continues to urge community members to follow the LA County Department of Public Health’s Safer at Home Order, which went into effect Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The Order will remain in effect until April 19, 2020, and may be extended. The Order was issued concurrently with orders from Gov. Gavin Newsom calling upon all individuals living in the State of California to stay home in order to reduce transmission of coronavirus.
West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.
The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.
To view essential-business City meetings, tune in to WeHoTV at:
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For updates and information about the current numbers of COVID-19 cases in the United States and in Los Angeles County, the spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information in multiple languages, please visit websites for:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, please contact the LA County Department of Public Health Chief Communications Officer, Carl A. Kemp, at (213) 240-8144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about the City of West Hollywood, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Public Information Officer, Sheri A. Lunn, at (323) 848-6391 or email@example.com.