Census continues despite coronavirus

While many things are being canceled or postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Census will continue. Census information has been sent out in the mail recently, and New Bern Assistant Director of Planning and Community Development Chad Strawn says it is essential that the census is completed. According to Strawn, the census helps determine redistricting, the number of area representatives, and funding from the federal level. He says this includes funds for disaster relief or even a potential crisis like COVID-19.