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US Census: Your Response Is Needed
By: Paulette Porter, Program Manager – Special Initiatives, CareWell Services SW
Aging and Disability Resource Line: 1-800-626-6719 General Agency Telephone: (269) 966-2450
The 2020 Census is underway and the most important thing you can do is respond! Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities
to follow up. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Census Bureau
has pushed back deadlines again. You now have until October 31 to complete your Census survey, either by:
1) completing a paper survey,
Avoiding Fraud & Scams in the 2020 Census
which you should already have
Staying Safe at Home
Door-to-door census taking will not begin until August 11, 2020
If a Census taker comes to your home:
Check for a valid ID badge, with photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
If you still have questions about their identity, don't give them information or allow them access to your home.
Online Scams
Fact: The Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for: Your Social Security Number, Medicare number, bank account or credit card numbers, money or donations.
Reporting Suspected Fraud
If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 from your own phone to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. If it is determined that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact your local police department.
The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential.
received in the mail,
2) replying on-line at www., or
3) by calling 844-330-2020.
The Census Bureau will start sending door-to-door census takers out to get the information from households that have not completed the census beginning in August. Door-to-door census takers will be out from August 11 through October 31. If someone comes to your door claiming to be from the Census Bureau before August 11, do not give them any information as there have been reports of scammers claiming
other personal information. They will not ask for money. If you suspect someone, call 911 or call CareWell Services at 269-441- 0930.
answers and cannot release
any identifiable information about you, your home or your business even to law enforcement agencies. Your answers cannot be used against you in any court or government agency.
used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.
to be from the Census Bureau seeking personal information. The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security Number, your Medicare Number, bank account, credit card, or
The Census is a short questionnaire and is quick and easy to complete. It will take only about 10 minutes to complete.
It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected. The Census Bureau
is bound by law to protect your
Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, Medicare/Medicaid, and other public services. Results from the 2020 Census will be
To view a video tutorial on how to complete the questionnaire online, visit seniors-count-2020.
CDC Recommends Wearing Face Coverings in Public, Here’s What You Need to Know
From CDC Website
The CDC now recommends wearing masks or cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery
stores and pharmacies. Face coverings should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction, be able to
slow the spread of COVID-19. The CDC advises the use of face coverings even among those
who seem healthy to reduce the transmission of the virus by those who do not know they have it. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders,
as recommended by current CDC guidance.
be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape. Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly through the washing machine. Face coverings are believed to
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age two, anyone who
has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
If you have any questions about the Census, contact CareWell at (269) 441-0930. Call us, we’re here to help!
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.

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