COVID-19 Testing for Florida Farmworkers

Tacy CalliesCOVID-19, Labor

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced new efforts to provide COVID-19 testing for farmworkers as the fall harvest season begins. The efforts are in partnership with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) and local county governments.

Farmworkers will have access to numerous no-cost COVID-19 testing events in some of Florida’s top agricultural counties. Support is being provided in part by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), FDEM and county governments. Testing services will continue as funding, demand and availability allow.

“Florida’s farmworkers are essential workers critical to feeding 150 million Americans, but they’re also more susceptible to respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, and often lack health coverage,” said Fried. “As the harvest season begins, having access to coronavirus testing will help keep farmworkers, their families and their communities safe, with a potential next COVID-19 wave coming this fall. We thank UF/IFAS, the Florida Division of Emergency Management and county governments for their partnership to make this life-saving testing possible.”

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Testing will be free for employers, farmworkers and their families. Testing sites will be open for walk-up services and appointments, and mobile testing for groups may be available in certain counties. Individuals will be required to wear face masks and provide a name, date of birth and phone number. Results will generally be available in 36 hours and will be shared with the individual tested or someone they designate.

Additional testing dates for St. Lucie and Hendry counties are forthcoming, with additional mobile testing sites available in St. Lucie, Hillsborough and Miami-Dade counties in the coming weeks. Schedules for these services will be announced weekly, based on demand and availability.

A printable flyer for the program may be downloaded here in English, here in Spanish and here in Creole.

Initial Participating Counties:

Miami-Dade County
Dates: October 6, 7 and 8
Times: 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Location: 18905 SW 280th Street, Homestead, FL 33031
Questions: 786-746-7887 or mdc.nomihealth.com/signup
Flyer: Available for download here

Hillsborough County
Dates: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Times: 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Location: San Jose Mission, 13524 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Dover, FL 33527
Questions: 727-309-8682 or 813-300-3777
Flyer: Available for download here

Source: FDACS

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