According to a recent article in Politico, some Florida counties are seeing positive coronavirus tests among farm workers of greater than 50%. As the season progresses in the Northeast, more workers will arrive and increase the population density of farms and in worker housing. Some workers will arrive from states like Florida and North Carolina, possibly bringing the virus with them. This reinforces the need for farms to diligently keep up COVID-19 prevention and control procedures, to train all newly arriving employees in these procedures, and to develop contingency plans for quarantine and isolation housing.
See the Ag Workforce website for links to resources and webinars about how to prevent COVID-19 spread on the farm: https://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
Get help writing your mandatory Covid-19 Farm Safety Plan at this site: https://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/ny-forward-business-safety-plan/
Upcoming Live Webinars:
- NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support for (Greenhouse/Landscaping/Ornamental) Farms: 7:00 – 8:00 PM | June 15
- NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support for (Equine) Farms: 7:00 – 9:00 PM | June 17