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Health Program For Vineyard Workers Ramps Up COVID-19 Response

Work continues at a winery in Clarksburg, Calif., last month. Farms are operating as essential businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Rich Pedroncelli
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AP
Work continues at a winery in Clarksburg, Calif., last month. Farms are operating as essential businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.

They don't make much money, they have to travel great distances to earn it, and they are considered essential. Such is the work of harvest workers, ranging from vineyard to orchard to farm, picking fruits and vegetables to put food on the table.

Attention to healthcare can often fall through the cracks for these workers, so the ¡Salud! program set up by Oregon winemakers and a physicians group works to keep the workers healthy.

And in the midst of the pandemic, there is a heavy focus on testing for COVID-19.

We get details from Leda Garside, a nurse and service manager for ¡Salud! and Erika Sanchez-Lerma, a community outreach nurse.

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