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Journalists Investigate Why So Few Farmworkers With COVID-19 Isolate In Free Hotels

Jackie Botts, Kate Cimini and Georgia Gee
From Left: Jackie Botts, Kate Cimini and Georgia Gee

In an effort to assist farmworkers who test positive for COVID-19, California launched the Housing for the Harvest program. It provides free hotel rooms so farmworkers can self-isolate and not infect family members. But a recent investigation found that of the 800,000 farmworkers in California, only around 80 have utilized the program since it was announced in July. To learn more, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with the journalists behind that investigation, Jackie Botts, economic inequality journalist with Calmatters, Kate Cimini, with The Salinas Californian and Calmatter’s California Divide Project, and Georgia Gee, with the Documenting COVID-19 Project at Columbia University.

Kathleen Schock is the host of Valley Edition. In the show, Kathleen and the Valley Public Radio news team explore issues that matter to the residents of Central California through engaging conversations and in-depth reporting.
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