Essential Worker Cards

Fieldworkers harvesting strawberries; Watsonville, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 | Photo by David Rodriguez for the Salinas Californian

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In Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, representatives from the health departments and agricultural commissions have also worked to create an “essential worker” card, a business card that lists information about symptoms and resources that fits easily into a wallet or pocket.

“One of the latest things we’ve done is an essential worker card,” a two-side business card that provides information on virus symptoms and local resources, said Juan Hidalgo, Santa Cruz County agriculture commissioner.

The agency has also gone to farmworker housing sites to distribute bags containing masks and handouts printed in both Spanish and English focused on safety tips, and protocol for wearing and washing masks. They’re working closely with the county’s Farm Bureau to help employers understand what to do if an employee tests positive for the virus. That includes working to help provide options for those who need to self-isolate and can’t easily do so at home.

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