During the pandemic, Californian farmworkers are particularly vulnerable to a double threat: the risk of COVID-19 infection and unemployment. The California Institute for Rural Studies found that agricultural workers in Monterey County were three times more likely to become infected than those working in non-agricultural industries. Due to a collapse of foodservice demand, the county also experienced a decrease of almost 40 percent in agricultural employment from April to June.
The COVID-19 Farmworker Study (COFS) Team, which included Cooperative Extension Specialist Susana Matias in the Department of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology, surveyed over 900 farmworkers in California to better understand how the current pandemic has impacted farmworkers and their families as they continue frontline work. At this event, learn more from other members of the COFS Team, including community organizers and researchers.
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