LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) joined with sixteen of her Senate colleagues in requesting the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau put a plan in place to ensure that the expanding coronavirus outbreak doesn’t impact the accuracy of the 2020 Census, and to make certain the health of census takers is protected.
“An accurate and comprehensive census is fundamental to our democracy and the well-being of communities across the country. We urge the Census Bureau to be prepared to assess whether public health concerns about novel coronavirus are depressing census response rates, and develop contingency plans for mitigating measures to help ensure a full and accurate population count,” wrote the Senators. “Furthermore, if outbreaks of novel coronavirus occur in the United States, the Census Bureau must be prepared to provide guidance to census takers on appropriate health and safety precautions while conducting the census. The Census Bureau may also need to prepare for challenges in recruitment and retention of census takers in the event of coronavirus outbreaks.”