On Friday, the CDC issued clarification on its guidance for COVID-19 testing and is again recommending testing for anyone with close contact to someone with COVID-19:

“Due to the significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, this guidance further reinforces the need to test asymptomatic persons, including close contacts of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection” (meaning being within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes).

Western Growers members are invited to attend the “COVID-19, Cal/OSHA, and Agriculture…What You Need to Know as an Employer” Webinar on August 27 to learn how to enhance worker health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cal/OSHA is reminding employers the importance of worker health and safety during this current pandemic. Although Cal/OSHA does not have specific regulations regarding COVID-19 for the industry, there are regulations employers must adhere to in order to ensure their workforces’ health and safety.

Congressmen Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) headline a bipartisan letter to Vice President Mike Pence, as head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, requesting immediate assistance in securing safety equipment, including N-95 masks, for farmers and farmworkers impacted by the wildfire smoke.

“Such essential equipment will help protect those who continue to produce our agricultural products and contribute so much to our nation’s food security,” the letter states.

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