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

Jan 8, 2021

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.