On Thursday, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction requiring the US Census Bureau to continue its Decennial Census counting operation through October 31.

According to the NC Counts Coalition, Judge Lucy H. Koh’s Order prevents the US Census Bureau from ending the once-a-decade count a month earlier than anticipated. The preliminary injunction also bars officials from delivering completed census information to the president on December 31.

The U.S. Justice Department filed a notice on Friday appealing that decision, bringing uncertainty to the reporting timeline.

Nearly 600,000 individuals are currently estimated to be missing from North Carolina's census count, potentially affecting billions of dollars in federal funding.

Organizations are calling on NC Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis to cosponsor the bipartisan, bicameral 2020 Census Deadline Extension Act (S.4571) that would allow statutory deadline extensions to ensure that the 2020 Census operation can continue to adjust to COVID-19 related disruptions.