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People in Health Care Facilities

The goal of the 2020 Census is a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States and its five territories. You should count yourself at the place where you are living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day). For some, this is straightforward. But others may have questions about where they should count themselves or how they should respond.

Special note: With the spread of COVID-19, it's a very unsettling time, and many students have been displaced from where they were living. Please know that even during these extraordinary times, completing your Census is still very important. Census data are currently being used by state and federal governments to model the spread of COVID-19 and to plan their responses to it. Even in more normal times, the Census helps ensure that funding goes to the people and communities that need it most. More than $28,000 per person each decade is distributed by the federal government to Minnesotans based on the Census count. This funding goes toward critical programs like health care services.

The following types of patients will be counted at the residence where they live and sleep most of the time:

  • Patients in the hospital for a routine stay.
  • Patients at inpatient hospice facilities.
  • Newborn babies (who should be counted where they will live after leaving the hospital).

The following types of patients will be counted at the health care facility where they're staying on April 1, 2020:

  • People with no usual home.
  • People in psychiatric hospitals or psychiatric units for long-term, non-acute care.
  • People in nursing facilities.

Please visit Counting People in Group Living Arrangements for more information.

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