Census Bureau workers in Wood County

PARKERSBURG — U.S. Census Bureau workers are in the Parkersburg/Wood County area doing work to prepare for the Census in 2020, county officials said.

U.S. Census Bureau employees are conducting address canvassing in parts of Wood County to assist with the bureau’s verification of its database, said Pam Brust, the Wood County liaison and chairperson for the Wood County Complete Count Census Committee.

”Many addresses through this region have already been verified through multiple sources including E-911, county and state Geographic Information System information,” she said in a press release.

The people out in the field doing work locally for this phase of the Census will be identified with a picture I.D. issued from the Census Bureau; they should be wearing the I.D. from a lanyard around their neck. They will have a laptop computer with a 2020 Census sticker on the cover and may have a black shoulder bag with the U.S. Census Bureau logo.

When the Census Bureau employees approach a residence, they should identify themselves as a Census employee and present a “Confidentiality Notice.”

If Census workers make contact at the residence, they are required to ask several questions regarding the structure, specifically to determine if it is a single-family home or a multi-family unit.

If the Census employee does not make contact with anyone at the residence, an informational door hanger or anything else will not be left behind, the release said.

This part of the operation is expected to continue until Oct. 11.

Wood County has set up a link on the county’s web page to provide information about the Census and can be accessed at woodcountywv.com/commission-agenda/u-s-census-information.

The Wood County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee received training last week. Those who could not be present will be mailed the packet of information. The committee’s first meeting is 10 a.m. Oct. 25 in the Buckley Room of the Wood County Courthouse.