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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (March 25, 2020) - The U.S. Census Bureau is carefully monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will follow the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities. The Census Bureau’s preparation and contingency planning centers on two key principles: The health and safety of staff and the public is of the utmost consideration and importance. The Census Bureau must fulfill its constitutional obligation to deliver the 2020 Census counts to the President of the United States on schedule, and it must adhere to its core task of counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place.The key message right now for anyone with questions about how COVID-19 will affect the 2020 Census: It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.From March 12-20, households received the first of several invitations to participate in the 2020 Census.The Census Bureau is encouraging everyone to respond online as soon as they receive their invitation with the provided instructions to go online. Instructions include the web address for the online questionnaire in English as well as where to respond online in 12 additional languages.The invitation will also include phone numbers for English and the 12 additional languages, ensuring over 99% of U.S. households can respond over the phone in their preferred language. Telephone assistance is available seven days a week from 7 am to 2 am EDT for those who prefer to respond by phone.