Census workers were supposed to hit the streets of L.A. County Monday, but local health officials haven’t yet given approval for that effort to begin due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But efforts are going forward in Orange County, with census workers expected to deliver paper questionnaires to more than 1,700 households.
Patricia Ramos of the L.A. Census office told City News Service the agency hasn’t been given clearance by Los Angeles County health officials to begin door-to-door work.
Last week, San Bernardino and Ventura counties reopened their offices and began the process known as Update Leave.
Field operations in Los Angeles will be considered on a week-by-week basis, but when they do resume, workers will be provided with five reusable face masks, new gloves every day, and two ounces of hand sanitizer, according to Ramos.
Areas in Los Angeles County that have the lowest response rates to the 2020 Census also have some of the highest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, which may complicate the county’s efforts to increase responses, according to a report recently released by UCLA.