Key Documents and News Articles
Compiled by members of Strengthening Sanctuary Alliance
2017 Agricultural Workforce Report (from WA. State Dept. of Employment Security)
Proclamation by Governor Inslee Protecting the Health of Agricultural Workers (May 28, 2020) https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19Proc20.57AgrWorkersHealth.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
Governor Inslee’s Agricultural Covid-19 Requirements (May 28, 2020)
WA. State Department of Health Reports:
COVID-19 Cases by Occupation (June 2020)
Shows disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on agricultural workers
COVID-19 Cases by Race, Ethnicity and Language (July 2020)
Shows disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color, especially Latino/as and Hawaian and Pacific Islanders
COVID-19 Death Reports (July 2020)
Shows high rates of deaths in Yakima County
Confirmed Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths
Signed by 12 Farmworker Advocacy Groups
Powerful summary of the many challenges farmworker communities face that make them vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From National Center for Farmworker Health: COVID-19 in Rural America: Impact on Farms & Agricultural Workers
Articles: conditions facing farmworkers and their families.
Some general information, some specific to Yakima:
Pre-existing Conditions, No Sick Leave and Health Insurance Put Farmworkers at Increased Coronavirus Risk (The Counter, March 18, 2020)
Vulnerability of farmworker communities in in Florida, New York State, Washington State, and Arizona.
David Bacon, Are Washington’s Farmworkers COVID-19 Guinea Pigs?
6/19/20: “Latinos have the most coronavirus cases in Washington State.”
Excellent general resource, for immigrant health/labor perspective:
The Stand, from the WA State Labor Council
https://www.thestand.org – daily section on Covid-19
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