Despite a federal judge’s ruling, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced on Twitter on Monday that the 2020 U.S. Census will end on Oct. 5.

“The Secretary of Commerce has announced a target date of October 5, 2020 to conclude 2020 Census self-response and field data collection operations,” the tweet said.

Just days earlier, a federal judge ruled that the 2020 U.S. Census can keep going through Oct. 31 giving everyone an extra month to be counted.

District Judge Lucy H. Koh in California issued her ruling after a hearing Tuesday afternoon in National Urban League et al. v. Wilbur L. Ross Jr. et al., the lawsuit filed by civil rights groups, civil organizations, and tribal and local governments on August 18 to block the administration’s attempt to rush census operations to a close by September 30 and send population numbers for apportionment to the President by December 31.

The plaintiffs sought to stop the Trump administration’s plan to force the Census Bureau to shorten the 2020 count against the judgment of the bureau’s own expert staff and in the middle of a pandemic.

“The court’s decision affirms our contention that changes to the census schedule will irreparably harm the integrity of the 2020 Census and result in a devastating undercount of vulnerable communities,” said National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial.

Leaders gave the 2020 U.S. Census a final push as the Sept. 30 deadline approached giving New Yorkers just a few days to be counted by the federal government for the next 10 years.

The issue was a major topic during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Monday press briefing. Like most officials have been saying for the past several months, de Blasio said the result of the 2020 U.S. Census will impact New Yorkers lives directly. The city’s current Census response is at 60%; the nation’s average is 66%.

“Think about the people in your life who need affordable housing and the federal money that comes in for that. It’s all determined by the Census,” de Blasio said. “So, how you versus the rest of the nation determines your share.”

The mayor mentioned several areas that have had a low response rate to the Census that are getting extra attention by the city’s Census team including Wakefield and Corona in The Bronx; Richmond Hill and Jamaica, Queens; East New York, Cypress Hills and Canarsie in Brooklyn; and the North Shore of Staten Island.

The Census determines the equitable distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal funds annually for education, health care, housing, transportation, infrastructure and more, in addition to determining the number of seats each state is allotted in the House of Representatives, as well as the shape and size of local and state legislative districts.

Last week, city officials kicked off the two-week “Countdown to our Future” campaign to increase self-response rates and encourage New Yorkers to respond to door-to-door enumerators in New York City.

City officials, elected officials, and major citywide community advocates and leaders gathered in Manhattan and Brooklyn last Wednesday to mobilize New Yorkers to obtain a complete census count. Last Thursday, de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and NYC Census 2020 Director Julie Menin knocked on doors in Canarsie to encourage New Yorkers to fill out the census.

“Every New Yorker needs to encourage their neighbors, friends and family to take 10 minutes to answer the 10 questions that will impact the next 10 years in our city,” said Menin, director of NYC Census 2020 and executive assistant corporation counsel, NYC Law Department. “We have cut the gap between the city’s self response rate to 6 percentage points versus 14 in 2010, but now we need to sprint to the finish line and need every New Yorker to stand up and be counted.”

Advocates also held a Census Walk for NYC on Wednesday, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. Local leaders came together at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch to issue a call to action to the borough of Brooklyn, which currently has the lowest census self-response rates among the five boroughs.

“The stakes could not be higher,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “An undercount will mean a loss of political representation and federal resources at a time when we can least afford it. I urge those who have not yet filled out their census forms to do so as soon as possible. It is an act of civic altruism to your neighbors and your community.”

Queens State Sen. James Saunders is partnering with the Phi Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. for the Census Rally and Rockaway Resource Pop- Up on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the St. John’s Hospital parking lot (Beach 20th Street and Plainview Avenue).

Volunteers will be doing Census sign ups along with voter registration, food giveaway, free face masks and hand sanitizer, and free backpacks with school supplies.