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Fruit & Vegetable FAQ: Navigating COVID-19 outbreaks on Ontario farms

What to do if a seasonal agricultural worker tests positive?

July 9, 2020  by Stephanie Gordon, Fruit & Vegetable

Photo courtesy of CAHRC.

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.

Learn more from Fruit & Vegetable, one of Canadian Manufacturing‘s sister publications.