As Summer Season Heats Up, Migrant Workers Confront Coronavirus Risks

"From Florida to New Jersey, workers and doctors are worried about more outbreaks during the summer harvest."

"Alejandrina Carrera Juarez knows at least a dozen people who have had the coronavirus in Immokalee, a largely poor, agricultural community in Southwest Florida that the pandemic has hit hard.

Many migrant farm workers from that area are now heading north to follow the summer harvest to Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey. Carrera Juarez fears not only for the health of her fellow Immokalee laborers, but for all the migrant camps along the East Coast that will fill in the coming weeks.

“The ones that leave here go there,” Carrera Juarez, 38, who also travels as the harvest dictates, said in Spanish. “And sometimes those that leave from here are infected. They get there, get another person sick, and that can move around to another place or back here. The sickness keeps on moving.”"

Dave Jamieson and Chris D’Angelo report for HuffPost June 15, 2020.

Source: HuffPost, 06/16/2020