With all the problems Floyd County residents are facing because of the coronavirus, we know that the last thing residents will want to do is fill out paperwork that isn’t directly tied to what they need to fill out to meet their immediate needs, like getting unemployment or healthcare or food stamps.

We implore our readers, however, after they’ve done what they can do for the day to meet those immediate needs, that they try to find 10 minutes to do one thing that will help determine if our county can survive this pandemic after it is over.

Participation in the census is essential because the federal government uses the data that comes from it to determine how much money this county will receive to provide free meals to students, Head Start, programs that help low income students of all ages, and, among a myriad of other things, funding for infrastructure like roads and bridges.

This week, we have to report that only about 37.4 percent of residents in Eastern Kentucky counties have filled out their census. This region is ranked below every other region in the state in terms of the response to the census. In Floyd, only 30.3 percent of residents have done it.

If more people don’t decide to participate, the funding Floyd County and Eastern Kentucky needs to pull back out of this pandemic could be distributed, instead, to other places.

We ask our readers to please make sure Floyd County is counted.

The government is still accepting census forms. They may also be filled out online at, my2020census.gov. The online form takes about 10 minutes to complete.

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