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Census response representatives to provide assistance in Minocqua on July 23

July 21, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau staff will be in the community from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 23 at the Minocqua Public Library to encourage and assist people with responding on their own to the 2020 Census. This operation, known as the Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA) program, is a separate activity from census takers going door to door to count households that have not yet responded. 

MQA is part of the Census Bureau’s final push to encourage people to complete the 2020 Census before the Nonresponse Follow-up (NRFU) operation begins nationwide on Aug. 11.

The local census response representatives will help people complete the census on a 2020 Census tablet or on their own device, while practicing state and local social distancing protocols. All census workers have been trained in social distancing protocols and issued personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks to be worn during MQA support.

The Census Bureau selects where to provide MQA based on local response rates and conditions.

If people need help responding in a language other than English, Census Bureau staff can provide phone numbers or assistance responding online in 12 other languages. Staff will also have guides available in 59 languages that walk people through how to respond to the English questionnaire.

All staff will carry an ID badge with their name, photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark seal, and an expiration date. They will have an official Census Bureau-issued bag and tablet. MQA locations may have signs, posters or banners bearing the 2020 Census logo.

In the interest of public health concerns because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Census Bureau staff will decide on a weekly basis whether MQA activities will take place in a low-response area, in coordination with local partners.  All MQA activities are subject to change or cancellation on short notice. 

For more information, visit 2020census.gov.



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