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Officials promoting the 2020 US Census run up against the COVID-19 outbreak

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

Concerns over coronavirus forced several top state officials to conduct a town hallpromoting the 2020 U.S. Censusin an empty auditorium in Flint Thursday.   

The public was barred from attending the event out of concern of potentially spreading the deadly COVID-19 virus.  The event was streamed on Facebook.

Increasingly, state and local officials find they are competing with constantly updating news of the coronavirus as they try to promote the census.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says the COVID-19 outbreak is actually an example of why it’s important for Michiganders to fill out their Census forms.

Nessel points out the federal government’s response is guided by where the need is greatest based partly on past census data.

“This crisis…underscores the importance of the census and being properly counted,” says Nessel.

This week, Michiganders should start receiving information on the 2020 U.S. Census in the mail.

State and local officials are urging Michiganders to fill out their U.S. Census forms online.

People who do not respond online can expect a census worker to come knocking on their door later this summer. 

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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