Today’s Coronavirus Tracker

Current updates on association response to the global COVID-19 crisis, along with a roundup of conference, travel, and business news and information.

Testing for Farm Workers

With farm workers doing some of the most essential work out there , a California-based industry group is working to keep those workers safe.

The Grower-Shipper Association of Central California (GSA) is collaborating with Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas (CSVS), a local clinic in the Salinas, California, area, to offer timely COVID-19 testing for agricultural workers, so that they can get tested and learn their results quickly.

“We worked to create an option that prioritizes testing for agricultural employees, whether they have symptoms of COVID-19 or not, with shorter turnaround times,” GSA President Chris Valadez said in a post on GSA’s blog. “After hearing that test results could take up to six days, for the benefit of farm workers and farm employers, we joined with CSVS to expedite results. This new program provides results within 48 hours.”

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GSA and CSVS will be collaborating on putting in place more convenient testing locations for farm employees, with employers able to set up temporary testing locations as needed.

GSA will also be working with local hospitals to offer preventive training to agricultural workers, including tips for how to better quarantine and how to set up daily health checks.

Valadez noted that the strategy is part of GSA’s effort “to learn more about how to protect farm workers and, at the same time, how to continue to harvest and ship healthy fruits and vegetables to consumers.”

Recent Headlines

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5 Experts Reveal How We’ll Experience Live Sports After COVID-19 (Fast Company, 06/30/20) “[Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé:] What COVID-19 has done is catapulted us into 2023. Things that were happening are just going to happen a lot faster. We were the first cashless arena, [and] the first touchless arena. You can walk into our store and not touch anything. I have courtside seats, I have a good view, but now we’re allowing fans, whether they’re in Bombay or Beijing to have an even better view and a better experience than I have, because they get a 3D experience. And so basically this has just accelerated all of those tracks.”

Is the Five-Day Office Week Over? (The New York Times, 07/02/20) “Most American office workers are in no hurry to return to the office full time, even after the coronavirus is under control. But that doesn’t mean they want to work from home forever. The future for them, a variety of new data shows, is likely to be workweeks split between office and home. Recent surveys show that both employees and employers support this arrangement. And research suggests that a couple of days a week at each location is the magic number to cancel out the negatives of each arrangement while reaping the benefits of both.”

How to Run an Effective Virtual Meeting: Stop Blaming Zoom! (SmartBrief, 07/09/20) “The sheer volume associated with video conference-based communication today is shining a light on the fundamental problems that have persisted for some time in many organizations. And the solution rests less with the digital platform and more with a leader’s ability to bring people together in a way that engages, makes good use to time and talents, taps everyone’s best thinking and drives tangible results.”

Current Incidence Statistics

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Data sources include the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, and National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, as well as local authorities, medical sources, and news reports.