2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

June 5, 2020

The 2020 Census is still underway, and Ferndale currently has a self-response rate of over 75%.  While we are continually striving toward our goal, we want to address Census operational changes that are currently taking place.

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted operations in order to protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau employees, while ensuring a complete and accurate count of all communities. Beginning this week (the week of June 1), Census operations will begin moving forward in Oakland County. This includes Census field staff resuming delivery of questionnaires and interviewing households who have not yet completed their Census forms.

The Census Bureau leadership are deciding where to resume operations based on federal, state, and local public health guidelines, local conditions, and input from local leaders. They have determined that it is safe to resume 2020 Census operations on a phased approach in some areas of the country, including Oakland County.

The Census Bureau continues to monitor the changing conditions at state and local levels. Employees are being trained and equipped to help keep everyone safe during this process. The Census Bureau is providing all employees with masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. They will also be required to complete and virtual COVID-19 training to ensure they follow appropriate social distancing protocols and all appropriate safety guidelines.  


Please note: it’s not too late to complete the Census online, by phone, or by mail!

To respond online, please click here.

To respond by phone, please call: 844-330-2020 (Phone lines are open every day from 7:00 a.m. to2:00 a.m. Eastern Time.)

To respond by mail, you can find instructions here.


For more information, please visit the Census website.


Reilly Coleman

Communications Assistant