COVID-19 Farmers Update 05/15/2020

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COVID-19 Farmers Update 05/15/2020

News Today:

Farm Safety: Responding to a COVID-19 outbreak on a farm:

Presented by:

  • NC Farmworker Health Program – Office of Rural Health, NC Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)
  • Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch- NC DHHS
  • Agricultural Safety & Health Bureau – NC Department of Labor
  • NC Community Health Center Association
  • NC Agromedicine Institute

Learn the steps you should take if you have sick or exposed workers &/or workers that are showing symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Hear about an upcoming opportunity for internet access for telehealth visits  
  • Find out where you can locate the most up to date & reliable information for yourself and your workers
  • Understand what ‘contact tracing’ means, its purpose & your role in it
  • Know what you should say or ask when contacting local providers & organizations
  • Receive take-away’ s from other farms on their COVID-19 experiences
  • Learn how to request cloth face coverings & other personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Ask to questions & share your thoughts about managing an on-farm outbreak

Others are welcome to join. First priority for questions will be given to growers. Unable to attend? Webinar will be recorded and posted/distributed afterwards. Email Robin Tutor Marcom to receive the link and share questions you’d like to have answered.


Financial Resources:

Social Media for Farmers Webinar Series

Daily COVID-19 Update as of 5/15/2020:

  • North Carolina (11:00 a.m. EST): 17,129 confirmed positive/ 641 deaths
  • USA: (8:32 p.m. EST): 1,442,657 positive/ 87,530 deaths
  • World (8:32 p.m. EST): 4,534,673 positive/ 290,269 deaths


Please sign up for the NC State monthly Small Fruits newsletter. Our first issue is out now. We highlight research from around the globe, shed light on the behind-the-scenes of extension, put NC State Horticulture graduate students into the spotlight, provide insightful tips into the science of farming, detail seasonal recipes, and many other things. Our next issue will highlight the NC Wine month and will come out at the end of May.

Other Helpful Resources:

COVID-19: Farming Resources, NC State Extension

Food Safety, NC State Extension

COVID-19 Resources and Information, NC State Extension

NCDA&CS COVID-19 Resources and important Documents

CEFS COVID-19 Resources

This post was created by Emma Volk and Mark Hoffmann

Written By

Mark Hoffmann, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Mark HoffmannSmall Fruits Extension Specialist, Assistant Professor, Strawberry and Grape Call Dr. Mark E-mail Dr. Mark Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
Posted on May 15, 2020
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