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COVID-19 Points to the Need for Residents to Complete the Census

LA County Health officials have sounded the alarm over current low census response rates that are putting LA County at risk of losing federal funding to respond to emergencies like COVID-19. Health officials are highlighting the COVID-19 crisis as an example of how important federal funding is to maintaining a strong local health care system.

LA County's census response rate is 58.6% as of July 23, far behind the County’s goal of 100% participation. The U.S. Census Bureau, however, has extended the official deadline to participate in the census until October 31st, in response to the evolving COVID-19 crisis. If you haven't already done so, complete your census form now:

• Online at www.census.lacounty.gov, which offers county-specific information in 16 languages; or  the U.S. 2020 Census Website at www.my2020census.gov, which offers general info in 59 languages, including in-language guides

• By phone at 844-330-2020

• By mail, you receive a paper form

Remember, completing the census is private. Responses are protected by federal law, specifically Title 13 of the United States Code. They cannot be shared with any other government agencies or other entities, including your landlord. For more information, visit www.census.lacounty.gov