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Coronavirus Is the Last Thing the U.S. Census Needed

Census workers were supposed to be in the field now. It could be months before they can knock on doors.

Photo illustration. Source photos: Jasmin Merdan/Getty Images, Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The 2020 U.S. census has been mired in controversies, from the eventually struck-down citizenship question to staffing problems. But in the end, it was an unexpected hurdle — the Covid-19 pandemic — that…

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