Fruit & Vegetable FAQ: Navigating COVID-19 outbreaks on Ontario farms
by Stephanie Gordon, Fruit & Vegetable
What to do if a seasonal agricultural worker tests positive?
As Ontario farms navigate COVID-19 outbreaks or try and prevent them, government, industry and employers are stepping in to do their part.
On June 24, the Ontario provincial government released a plan to reduce transmission of COVID-19 on farms and in the community for the Windsor-Essex area. Premier Doug Ford announced a three-point plan that will see: more COVID-19 testing, including on-site testing; access to employment benefits and supports for seasonal workers; and a new public health guidance for positive asymptomatic workers.
The provincial government states that early identification of workers who are not showing symptoms, but who may be infected with COVID-19, will help reduce the potential spread of the virus in the workplace and the community. However, there are some concerns among employees about testing positive and what that means.