New financial assistance will be available to agricultural workers in Oregon who have to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19.
Oregon has seen several outbreaks of COVID-19 in agricultural workplaces and low income, rural, immigrant and communities of color have been disproportionately affected by the disease.
These workers make an average of $24,200 annual and can’t afford to take time off if they are sick or exposed to COVID-19. The Oregon Worker Quarantine Fund will provide two weeks of financial aid to adults working in agriculture who are recovering or self-quarantining.
Agricultural workers can apply by calling 1-888-274-7292 or through local community-based organizations.
The fund is available regardless of immigration status.