Health Officials Working With Ag Industry to Battle COVID-19
Yakima Health District officials are working with area growers after the district identified at least 70 people working in the local agricultural and "fruit production" industry with COVID-19. According to a news release district officials say they recognize the workers are at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection and that the agriculture industry in particular is vulnerable due to the inability to 'stay home.'
Andre Fresco, Executive Director of the Yakima Health District says they've been working with partners to ensure that the public health recommendations "are understood and creative solutions can be developed to ensure the safety of the community."
"The Yakima Health District is working with the organizations that have multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19. Staff that work at these facilities will be notified, if they have not already been notified by their employer. The Yakima Health District will be providing additional education, testing and resources to organizations that have multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19.
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