Completing the 2020 Census in light of Covid-19

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Gulfport, Miss. (WXXV)-It’s time to complete the 2020 census. In light of the Covid-19 outbreak the Census Bureau announced on March 18th the field operations would be suspended until April 1st.

This, out of abundance of caution, and an attempt to prevent the exposure of individuals during the pandemic. Mississippi secretary of state Michael Watson says even amid this crisis it’s still very important to complete the 2020 census.

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“I would encourage all Mississippians to participate. It’s an important piece. It’s constitutional. Folks information is kept secure and safe for 70 years for confidential. I know many people are concerned about the Federal Government but this is a piece only statistical information is kept and harvested so your information is not going to be out there floating around. We want people to know that,”said Watson.

You can complete your 2020 census online, by phone or by mail. Visit 2020 census dot gov for more information.