Editor,

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have an impact on Humboldt County and our local communities, the safety, health and welfare of our residents is a top priority.

Despite growing concerns about the public health situation, the census is easier than ever for Nevadans to complete in the comfort of their own homes. 

The census, which is required by the United States Constitution, will determine representation and funding for our community for the next ten years. 

It is vital that everyone is counted.  It does not take much time and it is easy to do.  You can use your home computer or smart phone to log onto census.nv.gov.  

Just follow the prompts and it should take you 5 to 10 minutes to complete.  If you do not have internet access, you can call 844-330-2020; for Spanish 844-468-2020.  

Each person who is counted will mean $20,000 for Nevada.  

This money will be used to provide services for education, transportation, healthcare, and so much more.  

These are services that so many of us and our neighbors count on. Some examples include career and technical education, childcare, and meals for senior citizens and kids, just to name a few. 

As of now, the United States Census Bureau has delayed their field operations until June 1st and will begin dropping census packets in mid-June and start door knocking in August.

I am proud of the Humboldt County residents who have taken the time to complete their census. According to the latest response rates, over half of Humboldt County residents have completed the census. 

Please connect with Nevada Census 2020 online (census.nv.gov) and on social media (@NVCensus2020) for more information. 

The census is important, safe and easy.  If you have not already done so, please complete it. Nevada matters. Be counted!

Sincerely,

Abel del Real-Nava, 

Assistant Humboldt County Manager