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Census takers to visit households as self-response rate stands under 57 percent

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Wyoming’s Census Bureau says census takers are visiting non-responding households starting today.

In a release, the bureau says 57.6 percent of Wyoming households have self-responded so far and the remainder will need to be collected in person.

“Households can still respond now by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received, by responding online at 2020census.gov, or by phone at 844-330-2020,” said the release. “Households can also respond online or by phone in one of 13 languages and find assistance in many more. Those that respond will not need to be visited to obtain their census response.”

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The bureau says census takers will follow CDC guidelines to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.

Those include:

  • Wearing face masks
  • Maintaining social distance of 6 feet or more
  • Practicing hand hygiene
  • Not entering homes, and conducting interviews outside as much as possible or practical

The release says census takers speak English and many are bilingual. Households can request a return visit with a census taker who speaks their language, should the need arise.

“Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge,” the release said.

“To confirm a census taker’s identity, the public may contact the Denver/Dallas Regional Census Center at 972-510-1800 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.”