Greenhouse in central New York becomes coronavirus hotspot

On April 30, the Madison County Health Department learned that a couple of greenhouse workers, who have lived in close quarters in hotels for months, had coronavirus-type symptoms. After extensive testing of employees, 125 employees of Green Empire Farms, Oneida, N.Y., (out of a total of 300 employees) have been confirmed with coronavirus, prompting NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo and health officials to reinforce the need for social distancing and other measures. Employees that are tested positive are quarantined. No deaths have been reported among the company’s employees. Green Empire Farms has conducted daily temperature checks, and health screenings enforced mandatory face coverings on-site and provided face shields and resources to clean those shields. Cleaning and sanitation increased, and several social distancing measures began then as well. @

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