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Fresno County Health Officer Directive

On March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20 directed all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except for essential needs as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors. Agriculture and the food supply are deemed critical infrastructure sectors and are exempt from the stay at home order.

However, agricultural businesses must comply with Orders made by the Fresno County Health Officer.  The Fresno County Health Officer has ordered that all agricultural employers operating in Fresno County Shall: On a daily basis, demonstrate compliance with the Safety & Health Guidance COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Agricultural Employers and Employees issued on April 7, 2020 by the California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety & Health Publication Unit. This guidance in English and Spanish can be found at:

https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/Health-Care-General-Industry.html

The Fresno County Health Officer Order can be found at:

https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departments/public-health/covid-19

Employee Training and Compliance Assistance Resources

The Western Center of Agricultural Health and Safety at UC Davis has developed several resources for the agricultural industry to assist with educating employees about COVID-19.  Resources include English and Spanish versions of:

  • Agricultural Employer checklist for COVID-19
  • Agricultural Employer Training Guide for COVID-19
  • Printable displays with prevention, symptoms, and hygiene tips
  • Video resources in English, Spanish, and several indigenous languages

You can find these resources at: https://aghealth.ucdavis.edu/covid19#resources

Personal Protective Equipment Resources

We have received widespread reports that there is a shortage of personal protective equipment including N95 respirators and chemical resistant gloves. County Agricultural Commissioners have been actively dialoging with our regulatory partners at the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation regarding this situation.

DPR Guidance on acceptable PPE Alternatives:

application/pdfAcceptable PPE Alternatives - N95

application/pdfAcceptable PPE - Gloves
 

Information from CDFA regarding COVID-19: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/coronavirus/