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Alaska area with 5% census response restarts outreach effort

A Census 2020 form is seen Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Toksook Bay, Alaska. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

UNALASKA, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Census workers have restarted distribution of census taking material in an Alaska region in the Aleutian Islands after a two-month pause resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Alaska’s Energy Desk reported the U.S. Census Bureau delayed operations and stopped sending out census takers in Unalaska and the surrounding area to prioritize safety. Berett Wilber of the Alaska Counts census education initiative says 4.9% of the Aleutians West Census Area had responded as of last week. But Wilber expects the number to rise as census forms begin arriving on doorsteps and in mailboxes again. Residents have until Oct. 31 to respond.


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