Latinos Working in Food Processing and Agriculture Face Greater COVID-19 Risk

Latinos Working in Food Processing and Agriculture Face Greater COVID-19 Risk

Results showed that among 742 food and agriculture workplaces in 30 states, 8,978 workers were diagnosed with COVID-19 between March 1 and May 31. Overall, researchers found that 83.2% of cases occurred among racial and ethnic minority workers in food manufacturing and agriculture, suggesting that these individuals are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Similar findings were reported among workers in 382 meat and poultry processing facilities, where there were more than 28,000 cases and 132 workers died. However, the researchers noted that a much higher proportion of COVID-19 cases occurred among Black and Asian/Pacific Islander workers. For related coverage, read “Structural Racism Puts Latinos at Risk for COVID-19” and “In Health-Conscious Marin County, Virus Runs Rampant Among ‘Essential’ Latino Workers.”

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