Coronavirus Infections Among Farmers on the Rise
According to the Washington Post, communities like the Immokalee farming community in Florida are rapidly becoming "an epicenter of coronavirus cases" in the state, with nearly 900 cases reported since April.
"Farms in nearly every region see a spike in positive cases. More than 100 workers at two large produce operations in New Jersey contracted the virus in May, as the state develops an aggressive testing campaign for migrant workers. In North Carolina, a strawberry farm in Guilford County temporarily closed after eight workers tested positive," the media explains.
"It's very concerning given that there have been several outbreaks at farm labor camps this early in the season in North Carolina," said Lori Johnson, managing attorney of the Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid of North Carolina.