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Census is underway in Calvert County

The 2020 United States Census is underway, and it’s not too late to visit my2020census.gov to fill out a census form and ensure every resident is counted once, only once and in the right place. Census data helps shape health decisions in the community, including:

• How vaccines are allocated into communities

• Funding for nutrition-based services like school lunches and SNAP

• Emergency medical services

Responding to the census only takes about 10 minutes and is easy, safe, confidential. It is important to provide our children, families and neighbors with the resources they need and deserve for the next decade. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the census has been extended through Oct. 31, to allow citizens more time to fill out the census form. Citizens can fill out the census questionnaire online, by mail or phone by calling 844-330-2020. Callers may experience increased call wait times due to social distancing safety measures implemented for call center staff. The Census Bureau is offering a callback option to better respond to requests during periods of high call volume. When the callback option is presented, simply provide your preferred phone number and time of day for a return call, and an official census representative will call you back. The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted once every 10 years. Census data is used to reapportion congressional representation among the states and determine how $675 billion in federal funds is distributed to states and local communities every year. Calvert County currently has a 66% response rate. Citizens are encouraged to go to www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Census to stay up to date on census information.

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