Joint Statement from the Census Bureau and Centers for Disease Control on Conducting 2020 Census Non-Response Follow-Up Interviews

  • 10 August 2020
  • Author: Phil Davidson
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Joint Statement from the Census Bureau and Centers for Disease Control on Conducting 2020 Census Non-Response Follow-Up Interviews

In carrying out our respective missions, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are committed to protecting the health and safety of those we serve and employ. This is particularly important during the current COVID-19 health crisis.

Participation in 2020 Census interviews should present a low risk of transmission of COVID-19. Census takers are trained to rigorously and universally follow these CDC recommendations to mitigate risk of transmission:

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

Household members encountered by census staff are encouraged to maintain social distances during interviews and practice the CDC’s other recommendations as much as possible.

The CDC stands ready to support the work of the Census Bureau and its staff in providing consultation and technical assistance to ensure that relevant data and findings are communicated in a timely fashion to keep Census field staff and household members safe and healthy.




  • The U.S. Census Bureau (Denver/Dallas Region) has launched its STOP THE KNOCK campaign. The campaign is designed to encourage residents to respond to the Census now to lessen the possibility of a Census employee knocking on their door.
  • Nebraska residents can complete their 2020 Census by visiting, or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-469-2020 (Spanish).
  • Currently the self-response rate in Nebraska is 68.90 percent, which is greater than the national response rate of 63.0 percent.
  • The 2020 Census helps ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities in the United States, which helps guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year for the area and state of Nebraska. For more information, residents can go to


As of August 7, 2020


Nebraska sits at 69.00 percent, with 54.60 percent of respondents using the Internet. Omaha total self-response rate is 69.30 percent, with 58.60 using the internet. Lincoln total self-response rate is 74.70 percent, with 66.40 using the internet.


Sarpy County continues to lead the way in Nebraska with 76.80 percent, with 69.70 percent of responders using the Internet. Douglas County total self-response rate is 70.20 percent, with 60.20 using the internet. Lancaster County total self-response rate is 75.20 percent, with 66.80 using the internet.


In overall self-response numbers, the nation is at 63.20 percent. To view the latest response rates, please click




  • We are strongly encouraging the public to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. You can also respond by phone or mail.
  • You can complete the 2020 Census online in English or 12 other languages and find assistance in many more at It has never been easier to respond on your own.


Encourage others to respond.

  • Please make sure your friends, family and social networks know about the importance of responding. Responding now will minimize the need to send census takers out into communities to follow up.



For the most current information on the Census, you can always visit or

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