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Resources for Keeping Farmworkers Healthy

The state of Oregon is committed to working collaboratively with agricultural employers and local partner organizations to mitigate COVID-19 outbreaks in a variety of ways.

Updated September 15, 2020: Outdoor workers are at high risk from damaging effects of wildfire smoke. For information about the impacts of wildfire smoke and COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control

To stay updated on the COVID-19 situation and view data-driven dashboards, visit Oregon Health Authority.

For local information on cases and COVID-19 testing availability, contact Local Public Health Authorities.

Face Coverings and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Updated September 15, 2020:  Oregon Occupastional Safety and Health and the Oregon Health Authority have provided guidance in English and Spanish about face coverings that help protect outdoor workers. If you are a farmer in need of KN95 masks, please see this list of distribution sites

On July 15, 2020 Governor Brown required face coverings whenever social distancing is not possible, including outdoors. The state of Oregon is working to provide face coverings and PPE through agricultural employers and Community Based Organizations (CBOs). Key sources of information include:

  • The Food Security and Farmworker Safety program is providing financial assistance for face coverings through the Field Sanitation program.
  • Community-Based Organizations. See contact information below to locate a CBO in your area.
  • Your local Oregon State University Extension Service office. Supplies were distributed through in May 2020, and your local office may have information about any remaining availability.
  • Oregon Health Authority Facemask Guidance
  • Centers for Disease Control Cloth Facemask Instructions

Community-Based Outreach and Prevention

The state of Oregon is working closely with community-based organizations with demonstrated experience serving migrant and seasonal farm workers to conduct field education, outreach and engagement activities aimed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and provide information on housing, transportation, the Quarantine Fund, and other wrap-around services developed in response to the pandemic.

This resource guide developed by the Community Partner Outreach Program (CPOP) is intended to serve as a primary source of COVID-19 resources and information for Community partners as they engage in outreach to farmworkers.

Learn more about the OHA Community Partner Outreach Program:

Email community.outreach@dhsoha.state.or.us or Jorge Martinez.

Interactive Map of Contacts

Oregon Health Authority CPOP coordinators and Community Based Organizations are available throughout Oregon to help agricultural employers provide resources and information for farmworkers. To find a community partner in your area, please see the interactive map and click the marker nearest your location. Then contact the CPOP regional coordinator and/or Community-Based Organization (CBO) contact for your area to learn more about what is available.

Tables of Contacts

Community Based Organizations are trusted partners working with farmworkers on outreach, COVID 19 response, and other services. To contact a CBO in your area see this list, which will be updated as new information becomes available.

CPOP regional coordinators are working with Community Based Organizations to reach migrant and seasonal farmworkers, providing information and services to keep workers and their families safe and healthy. CPOP and CBOs are available throughout Oregon to provide assistance to agricultural employers, farm workers and partner organizations.

Quarantine Fund and Oregon Worker Relief Fund

The Quarantine Fund brings resources to agricultural workers who are recovering from COVID-19. This fund helps workers take the time they need to recuperate, seek care, and quarantine. It's vital that we do not exacerbate infection due to financial need and keep the virus contained by ensuring the Quarantine Fund. The fund is $10 million and will be managed by a coalition of community-based organizations. 

The Oregon Worker Relief Fund provides direct cash assistance to immigrant Oregonians who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are excluded from federal and state safety-nets. This fund provides an opportunity for institutional philanthropy and individual donors, large and small, to support immigrant Oregon workers and ensure our collective prosperity.

Currently, the Oregon Worker Relief Fund offers Navigators to help workers fill out a short application over the phone.

Outreach Materials

Resources for Farmworkers Fact Sheet

Recursos para trabajadores agrícolas

The videos below were produced by the Oregon Farm Bureau to help explain how the FSFS program works.

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