Mon. Sep 28th, 2020

New Mexico hits all but 1 gating criteria

SANTA FE (KMSX)-  Today, August 13, state officials updated the public on new Mexico’s COVID-19  and the “I Count NM” 2020 census efforts in a press conference.

Gating criteria for reopening the state, according to health officials, have hit all but one category. New Mexico has rapidly dropped in a 7-day average of daily COVID-19 positive cases by date, however, still missing the newly added goal of 168 cases or less. As of right now,  New Mexico is experiencing an average of 189 daily cases.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham singled out the Eastern New Mexico region, urging those to adhere to public health mandates (mask-wearing, restricted mass gatherings, staying home). Eastern New Mexico is seeing a higher daily case count than any other region in the state.

Pamela Coleman, Director of State Personnel, stated that New Mexico has a 53.7 percent response and is hoping for a 60% response by the census deadline.

The U.S. Census Bureau has announced its updated operational plans to collect and process the 2020 Census data by September 30. All field data collection as well as Self response options will end and close by September 30. Under this plan, the Census Bureau intends to meet a similar level of household responses as collected in prior censuses, including outreach to hard-to-count communities.

Between now and September 30, Census enumerators will be deployed to visit households that have not already responded to make sure they are counted during the Non-Response Follow-up Operation. If residents are not home when census workers visit, they will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online or by phone.

Census takers will wear masks and follow public health guidelines when they visit.
The following are numbers you can call to fill out the 2020 census (all data is protected under federal law):
  • 844-330-2020 (English)
  • 844-468-2020 (Espanol)
  • 844-467-2020 (TDD)
A census enumerator can be easily identified, by the census enumerator government ID badge and Census Bureau phone. Many census takers will also carry a bag with the Census Bureau logo.