Beginning in March throughout the U.S., the Census Bureau adjusted field operations and paused activities that were to take place by person-to-person visits and large gatherings – including those scheduled in tribal nations - to protect the health and safety of their employees and the public after the outbreak of COVID-19.
At the April 3 meeting of the NMNCC, the members of the Coalition agreed to continue following the decision made by Tribal Leaders through the government-to-government consultation process with the U.S. Census Bureau to have the Census Questionnaires delivered to each household in their community.
Tribal residents are encouraged to wait for the delivery of their Census questionnaire with the 12-digit Census ID code to ensure each household is counted.
However, if people choose to respond online or by phone before they receive their questionnaire, we recommend that respondents provide a phone number to be contacted if needed. To respond without an ID at my2020census.gov, respondents should select the link under the login button that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” Respondents should check the box that says, “I do not have a street address” and then enter a rural route address or physical description.
about how COVID-19 has affected Census update leave operations in New Mexico.