It's the topic that has been on everyone's mind this week, how is COVID-19 going to impact my daily life? Well, it also impacts the census, which will shape the next ten years of our lives.
and citizensThe Census Bureau has always relied heavily on its diligent census takers who travel door-to-door to make sure that each household completes the census. With COVID-19, the Census Bureau is doing what they can to keep census takers and all residents safe.
The Census Bureau has created a task force that is creating and updating the plan to stay safe during the pandemic.
A big concern about the 2020 census is that COVID-19 will result in an undercount of the population. Since the census is now available online, it is easier than ever to complete, we just all need to make sure that we take the time to do it.
The Census Bureau also announced that the date to complete the census can be moved if necessary.
So what does this mean for college students? Students who live in residence halls will still be counted through Group Quarters protocols.
For students like us at WSU whose classes have moved online, the Census Bureau reminds us to still count ourselves where we spend most nights, even if we are at home on April 1. In most cases, we will still count ourselves where we stay at school even COVID-19 has caused us to temporarily return home.
No matter where you are Cougs, stay safe and remember that it is still our responsibility to show that Cougs count!