People cannot obtain a paper questionnaire by calling the Census Bureau. Census extends deadline for counting everyone in the U.S. amid coronavirus spread (Matt Rourke/AP) By .

The projected national 2020 Census self-response rate is 60.5%. Other than a pilot study during the 2000 census, this is the first U.S. census to offer options to respond online or by phone, in addition to the option to respond on a paper form as with previous censuses. The coronavirus crisis pushed back the deadline for finishing the 2020 census from late-July to mid-August and forced the suspension of field operations for a month from mid-March to mid-April. Online, phone, and mailed self-responses will continue throughout the data collection pro-cess. The 2020 census had been scheduled to stop at the end of July, but the deadline has now been extended to mid-August, said Tim Olson, an associate director for field operations at the bureau. But the bureau is encouraging citizens to go ahead and respond to the 2020 census online , by mail or by telephone. The U.S. Census Bureau has postponed the deadline for completing the 2020 census count until mid-August — two weeks after the original deadline of July 31. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census opera-tions in order to:

The daily self-response progress reports will represent percent of all known housing units (occupied, vacant, or nonexistent), not people, that have self-responded via internet, telephone, or paper questionnaire. The national count, taken every decade, helps determine where billions in federal funding goes and how many seats in Congress each state has. The U.S. Census Bureau has extended the 2020 census deadline, originally set for the end of July, to Oct. 31 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 Census is underway, and more than half of the households across America have responded and more are responding every day. The United States Census of 2020 is the twenty-fourth United States Census.Census Day, the reference day used for the census, was April 1, 2020. Most U.S. residents started being able to respond to the 2020 census last week when the bureau's website went live and people started receiving notices to participate in the mail. Tara Bahrampour ... March 20, 2020 at 6:34 PM EDT.