Coronavirus changes Oregon farmworker housing, labor rules

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After pressure from health care officials and workers' rights advocates, workplace safety regulators announced emergency rules Tuesday, April 28, to protect agricultural workers from COVID-19 outbreaks ahead of the harvest season.

Supporters of the rules say they're necessary to promote the safety of seasonal farmworkers who will be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, while being housed in close living quarters and using communal bathrooms and other shared spaces.