Census 2020 and the Coronavirus Emergency
The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out about timeline adjustments the U.S. Census Bureau has made in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In support of Safer At Home orders and recommendations for physical distancing across the country, the Census Bureau suspended field operations in March 2020.
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 importance of getting a full count of people in the City of West Hollywood has been brought into sharp focus during the coronavirus emergency; population counts determined by the census are used to determine howfederal and state governments assign resources – both funding and congressional representation.
The City of West Hollywood has released an animated public service announcement video highlighting the importance of West Hollywood residents responding to the Census 2020. Watch the video on the City’s WeHoTV YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/bxIIoIKkCV8. The public service announcement is also being shared in the City’s social media @wehocity on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and broadcast on WeHoTV Spectrum Channel 10 in West Hollywood and AT&T U-verse throughout Southern California.
“Many of us jumped at the chance to fill out our Census form because we know how important it is for our city to succeed. And we need to make sure that everyone fills out the Census. The City of West Hollywood’s Census 2020 response rate falls just below the rates of both the County of Los Angeles and the State of California as a whole,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Residents can help by responding to the Census questionnaire and by reaching out to social media followers, friends, and neighbors, and encouraging them to respond to the Census questionnaire as well. By working together, we can not only ensure that our community gets its fair share of resources, but that we have one of the highest response rates in the state.”
It is likely that some people may not be able to locate the Census materials mailed to every household. The Census questionnaire can easily and quickly be submitted online at http://www.my2020census.gov. The U.S. Census Bureau has also launched an online response tracker that is regularly updated at http://www.2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html.
The Census has created materials that can be shared on different platforms to encourage participation. These links include:
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/uscensusbureau
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/uscensusbureau
- LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/us-census-bureau
- YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/uscensusbureau
- Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/uscensusbureau
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.
The following is Census Bureau information about planned timeline extensions and/or delays, due to the coronavirus crisis:
- All households 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 http://www.2020Census.org, online response takes less than 5 minutes;
- Census Bureau staff are planned to assist people with responding online at select grocery stores through 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 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.
For more information about Census 2020 from the U.S. Census Bureau, please visit www.2020Census.gov. For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s efforts to achieve a complete count, please visit www.weho.org/census2020.
The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is advising community members to adhere to Los Angeles County Safer at Home and California State Stay at Home orders. The City urges everyone to stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face. Leave home only for essential needs; always use social distancing of at least six feet; and follow guidelines to use cloth face coverings such as bandanas or scarves so that medical masks, which are in short supply, are prioritized for health professionals.
West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings, playgrounds, 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:
- Spectrum Channel 10 (in West Hollywood)
- AT&T U-verse Channel 99 (in Southern California)
- SmartTV Apps: AndroidTV; AppleTV; FireTV; and Roku
For notifications by email, subscribe to the City’s E-Notifications at www.weho.org/email. Visit the City’s event and meetings calendar at www.weho.org/calendar and news archive at www.weho.org/news. To receive urgent updates to your phone by text and to your email, text your ZIP code to 888-777.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.