Essential Workers Face Higher Risks During COVID-19 Outbreak

August 5, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified August 6, 2020

A new article in The Nation’s Health, a Publication of the American Health Association, discusses the dangers essential workers face — not just those in hospital settings, but places like meatpacking facilities as well. Nationwide, as of late June, infections tied to meatpacking facilities had climbed to nearly 28,000 cases and 100 deaths across 250 plants, according to the Food and Environment Reporting Network, which is mapping COVID-19 outbreaks in the food system.

Many essential workers who face the highest COVID-19 risks also have the fewest labor protections. And despite requests, OSHA has failed to issue an emergency worker safety standard for the virus.

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