Sept. 30 deadline nears for Census 2020 responses
Lee County residents encouraged to respond by phone or online
Fort Myers, FL, Aug. 19, 2020 – Lee County residents who have not yet responded to the US Census 2020 survey have until Sept. 30 to complete the survey by phone or online. Through September, Census field workers will visit addresses where residents have not yet responded.
Once a response is received, no in-person visit from a Census worker is needed. The Census remains available to complete online – at my2020census.gov – or by phone – 844-330-2020. It’s easy and secure.
The COVID-19 pandemic exemplifies the need for an accurate population count. Participating in the Census now ensures that Lee County receives its share of federal funding, such as the $134 million targeted for Lee County COVID-19 relief through the CARES Act.
So far, approximately 57% of the Lee County population has responded, lagging behind the state rate of 60%. Based on estimates from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, every uncounted household represents a potential loss of approximately $1,500 in federal assistance annually. With only 57% of the Lee households counted, Lee County could be missing out on about $199 million in federal assistance to the County, cities, hospitals, schools, non-profits and other local agencies.
The U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that participation in 2020 Census interviews should present a low risk of transmission of COVID-19. Census takers are trained to:
- Wear face masks.
- Maintain social distance of 6 feet or more.
- Practice hand hygiene.
- Refrain from entering homes; conduct interviews outdoors as much as possible or practical.
Household members encountered by census staff are encouraged to maintain social distances during interviews and practice the CDC’s other recommendations as much as possible. For detailed information about Census field work, go to https://2020census.gov/en/census-takers.html.
About the Census 2020
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated to state and local communities for the next 10 years.