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Census work around Malheur County still vital despite virus closures

Lynne Gross, partnership specialist in eastern Oregon for the U.S. Census Bureau, speaks at a Vale City Council meeting last month. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

VALE – About half of the U.S. population has filled out the 2020 Census as of Tuesday. The Census Bureau is trying to get the number to 100% as COVID-19 delays census efforts and already forced the agency to extend the deadline to mid-August.

The pandemic underscores the importance of the decennial headcount, said Patricia Ramos, media specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau. 

“It’s for emergencies such as these that we will be planning for the next 10 years,” Ramos said. “The better we know how many people live in a particular place, that will definitely help local, state and federal health authorities for planning.”

With many Americans . . .