Bulletin report

The U.S. Census Bureau began dropping off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in the Lubbock Area Census Office region, which includes Lubbock, Amarillo, Abilene and San Angelo.

This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their physical address, according to a news release from the Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Temporary field staff have been trained to observe all social distancing protocols and will wear official government-provided personal protective equipment for their safety and the safety of the public. This operation is contactless and follows the most current federal health and safety guidelines.

The Census Bureau will deliver 2020 Census invitations and paper questionnaires at the front doors of roughly 5.1 million stateside and 62,100 households in West Texas. This operation is crucial to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities, which helps guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year.

Residents are strongly encouraged to respond promptly to the 2020 Census using the ID number included in the questionnaire packet. Responding with a census ID or the paper questionnaire helps ensure the best count of their community. Individuals can also respond online, by phone or by using the paper form in the packet.

For more information, visit the U.S. Census Bureau website at https://2020census.gov