With about three months left to complete the Constitutionally mandated census count for 2020, officials are reminding everyone that it’s paramount to take the time to fill out the survey.
The state’s response rate is slightly lower than responses from the country’s residents as a whole. | Screenshot, U.S. Census Bureau
From legal issues, like child custody matters, to having more people living in a home than a lease allows, there are many reasons people may be reluctant to respond to the census.
But it’s paramount that everyone responds, so local communities can get the needed funding to cover everyone in the area. And all the information shared is 100% confidential for at least 72 years, June Iljana with the U.S. Census Bureau said.
Quoteworthy: “There is no risk to you in responding; it can only help.” – June Iljana, U.S. Census Bureau
Response rates so far • Nationwide: 62.3% • Statewide: 61.7% • Hamilton County: 63.3% • Chattanooga: 57.5%
Hamilton County’s response rate is higher than both the nation and state.Great job, y’all! Keep it up. Chattanooga, this is your challenge to catch up with the county.
Some surrounding counties have lower response rates, possibly because this is the first time responding online has been an option, and internet access may be less reliable in more rural areas, Iljana said.
Quick tips • Check this link for complete instructions about how to respond to the census.
• Count the children. In the last census, about 1 million children weren’t counted, but the info will be used to fund programs children will benefit from.
• This year’s tornado most likely won’t affect how you fill out the survey. Because April 1 was Census Day, people should respond with details about how their household was on that day. Don’t count yourself as living in another area if you’re only temporarily displaced but will be going back to your home.
Why do we need a population count? • The Constitution mandates that the country count its population once every 10 years.
• Billions of dollars in federal funding for hospitals, fire departments, roads, and schools, among other necessities, are based on census data.
• The census data also determines the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. And that information is used to draw state and congressional legislative districts.
○ Health officials have reported that 83% of Tennessee counties now have unacceptable coronavirus transmission rates, which is a 6% increase in the state’s counties with unacceptable transmission rates since Monday. As of July 23, Tennessee had over 33,700 active COVID-19 cases. (NewsChannel 9)
○ On July 22, the Hamilton County Health Department reported 78 more positive coronavirus cases. The county also reported 20 more hospitalizations due to the virus, putting 141 COVID-19 patients in Chattanooga hospitals and 29 in the ICU. (Chattanoogan.com)
○ The Trump administration recently signed a contract with pharmaceutical company Pfizer to pay nearly $2 billion for a December delivery of 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that they are currently working on. The agreement is a part of President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed vaccine program, which aims to deliver 300 million doses of a safe + effective COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
○ Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced the State will launch a public service announcement campaign that urges all Tennesseans to fight against the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask. The ad campaign, titled “Face It. Masks Fight COVID-19”, will run on broadcast and cable television, digital, social media, print, and billboards statewide. You can view the video here.
Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Chattanooga’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
Well, lookie here, y’all. Boxcar General Store is bringing some old-fashioned charm to the Southside. The new shop opened Thursday at 1421 Market St. You can get a sneak peek at the inside of the store here and order goodies onlinehere.
Congrats to the owners Danielle and Eric Landrum on their new business. 🎉
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Announced ○ The Tennessee Aquarium recently announced the hatching of two baby Gentoo Penguin chicks. You can check out this adorable video from the aquarium of the now roughly 30-days-old penguin chicks getting their weekly veterinary checkup. 🐣
Civic ○ If you’re hoping to vote by mail in the upcoming Aug. 6 election, the deadline to request an absentee ballot is coming up on July 30. You can fill out a request form for an absentee ballot here and mail, fax, or email it to your county election commission. Early voting will end on Aug. 1, and the election + deadline to return an absentee ballot takes place on Aug. 6. For more information regarding the Aug. 6 election, click here. 🗳️ ○ Beginning on July 27, the City of Chattanooga is suspending public access to City Hall, City Annex, and city services at the Development Resource Center. There are no current plans to suspend public access to outdoor city facilities like baseball fields + parks, but playgrounds, basketball courts, and the Splash Pad at Coolidge Park will remain closed. (NewsChannel 9) ○ Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond recently appointed local attorney Coty Wamp to the newly-created General Counsel position at the sheriff’s office. In her position, Wamp will be responsible for providing advice + counsel to the Sheriff and his Command Staff on any matters pertaining to investigations, daily operations, policy matters, and public media inquiries. (NewsChannel 9)
NowOpen ○ Walden — the town located on top of Signal Mountain — opened its first dog park on July 11, The Puppy Patch of Walden, at McCoy Farm. The dog park features separate play areas for large and small dogs, agility equipment like crawl tunnels and hoop jumps, a water hose and bowl, and pet waste pick-up stations. 🐶
Active ○ The eighth annual Elizabeth’s Outrun Melanoma 5K has been transitioned to a virtual race in order to keep runners safe. The 5K will take place on Aug. 15 from your favorite trail, neighborhood, or treadmill, and you can register as a race participanthere. (Bonus: if you need to carb load the night before, you can pick up a NY Pizza Department meal at the packet pickup on Aug. 14 for yourself or the whole family — just order on the race registration page). 🍕
Health ○ Erlanger Health System is resuming its valet parking at the Erlanger Medical Mall and Erlanger Cancer Center at Baroness Hospital on July 27 at 6 a.m. The two locations are resuming their valet services after the downtown location’s Surgical Services valet reopened previously. (Chattanoogan.com) ○ A Step Ahead Chattanooga recently announced a new education partnership to offer youth ages 12 to 16 sexual health and decision-making education. The program, called Power Through Choices, educates youth about the prevention of risky behaviors that result in HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancies. (Chattanoogan.com)
Outdoors ○ Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander’s Great American Outdoors Act recently passed in the House of Representatives with a 310-107 bipartisan vote. The bill will now go to the President’s desk to be turned into a law. The bill will cut the $12 billion maintenance backlog in the United States’ national parks in half, including $224 million in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (Chattanoogan.com)
Cause ○ Starting on July 27, local McDonald’s locations will be selling $5 custom-designed drink sleeves for 30 oz. drink cups as part of “Sleeves for Support.” 100% of koozie sales will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chattanooga. You can also donate to the Ronald McDonald House online here.
NOOGAdiaries day No. 18: Heyyyyy, y’all. Chloé here. Y’all voted for the local history topic I’m going to write about and the results are in. With 38.7% of the votes, the winning question is: What’s the deal with Underground Chattanooga?
It was so close, because 38.4% wanted to know what Chattanooga was like before the Civil War, and I wanted to write about either of the other two topics. But the readers got the final say, so get ready for me to demystify Underground Chattanooga soon. 🙌
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