Province announces new strategy to prevent agri-farm COVID-19 transmission

Province announces new strategy to prevent agri-farm COVID-19 transmission
Author of the article:

Julie Kotsis  •  Windsor Star

Publishing date:

Nov 16, 2020  •   • 

Kingsville,  Ontario. November 16, 2020.  Ernie Hardeman, left, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announces Prevention, Control, and Outbreak Support Strategy for COVID-19 in Ontario's Farm Workers during a short visit to Mastronardi Produce Ltd./Sunset on Road 4E Monday morning. Behind, George Gilvesy, chair of Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Assoc. (NICK BRANCACCIO/Windsor Star)
Ernie Hardeman, left, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is joined by George Gilvesy, chair of Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Assoc., as he announces Prevention, Control, and Outbreak Support Strategy for COVID-19 in Ontario’s Farm Workers during a short visit to Mastronardi Produce Ltd./Sunset on Monday morning. Photo by Nick Brancaccio /Windsor Star

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The province unveiled a new strategy outlining guiding principles and actions to ensure enhanced prevention and control of COVID-19 on farm operations, at a news conference in Kingsville Monday morning.

Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, made the announcement at Kingsville’s Mastronardi Produce/Sunset Produce.

The agri-business sector has been hard hit by the coronavirus, with numerous outbreaks locally and the death of two migrant workers earlier this year.

Hardeman’s plan contains 35 “actions” based on three pillars related to prevention and containment: before getting on the farm, on the farm and farm worker housing.

More to come …

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