Farmworkers Continue to Work With Little Protection--Documented

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The 33,500 farms in New York comprise 23 percent of the state's total land area. On these farms, workers, most of whom are immigrants and many of whom are undocumented, continue to labor without protective equipment and live in crowded trailers. Here, farmworkers have been deemed essential workers, but their health and protection have not.

Farm owners are following the New York Department of Health's protocol that states essential workers are expected to return to work after "isolating for at least 7 days after illness onset (i.e. symptoms first appeared) and have not had a fever for at least 72 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications." These standards differ substantially from the two week quarantine the rest of the country has been instructed to take whether or not they exhibit symptoms. 

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Farmworkers, most of whom work without documentation or are H2-A visa holders, are not eligible for unemployment benefits or direct cash assistance from the recently passed stimulus package. Of the farmworkers interviewed in an Adelphi University report about farms in Hudson Valley region, 92 percent were neither legal residents nor citizens -- 71 percent were undocumented and 21 percent, guestworkers.

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