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State deploying mobile testing sites to farms

Aug 17, 2020 5:30 am
Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics while the state's overall coronavirus infection rate has flattened and less than 1 percent of the tests conducted everyday are coming back negative, New York officials are now concerned about the spread of the virus on farms. Gov. Andrew Cuomo August 14, said mobile testing units would be deployed to rural areas of the state as clusters of positive cases pop up around farms and other agricultural businesses. The concern has been echoed since the start of the economic reopening. Some businesses in rural counties, like apple manufacturers, have seen coronavirus cases in their areas. The New York Farm Bureau earlier this year surveyed members, finding that 84 percent of farms and agribusinesses have safety plans in place for their workers. The group cheered the move to have mobile testing sites. "As we have seen, no one and no place are immune from the virus. Farms are continuing to take this health crisis seriously, and this latest announcement from Governor Cuomo will further this mission on our farms," the group said. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.