Late last year, OHA purchased 6 million iHealth in-home testing kits for distribution to Oregonians to mitigate the impact of the Omicron surge. CPOP and POF partners, including the Mexican Consulate in Portland and the Oregon Employment Department, were allocated 270,000 of these test kits for distribution to workers. Ordering of the kits began in mid-January and will continue through the onset of the agriculture season in Oregon, ensuring that workers have access as the industry activates for the season.
With demanding working conditions, crowded living conditions, and many other barriers, farm and food processing workers around the state have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been, in part, due to the difficulty navigating and accessing COVID-19 testing.
This project provides a critical resource to CPOP partners who have worked continuously during the pandemic to help eliminate barriers for workers.