CIANA Explains: How Coronavirus Is Impacting the 2020 Census (and Vice Versa)

With over 38,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, New York City has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. The highly contagious coronavirus, which causes fever, cough, and respiratory issues, has caused public schools, restaurants, and offices to temporarily close, including CIANA.

To prevent the spread of the virus, CIANA has temporarily suspended its ESL and Civics classes and after-school programs until the number of cases drops. However, the 2020 Census- which CIANA has been deeply involved with since the beginning of the year- is still going on, and we’re still actively working to get a complete count.

How Has COVID-19 Already Impacted Census Work?

The New York City government, the federal government, and cities around the U.S. have all encouraged “social distancing”- avoiding large crowds and communal gatherings- to prevent the coronavirus from spreading any further, as well as to prevent healthcare facilities from being overburdened with an excessive number of COVID-19 cases.