Prevention of Covid-19 Among the Agricultural Industry – Contact Tracing

Recorded On: 07/28/2021

Summary: The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and associated coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) has profoundly affected humans on a global scale in a noticeably short time. Individuals working in agriculture who, as “essential workers", are exempt from stay-home mandates, and are naturally at increased risk of negative health, economic, social, and familial consequences from the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Language and cultural differences, rural geographies, socioeconomic pressures, and immigration status are among the barriers that impede agricultural workers access to critical education and prevention technologies emerging to combat COVID-19. Additionally, the unusual persistence and multimodal transmission cycle of SARS-CoV-2 emerging from ongoing scientific study may require customization of otherwise standard prevention messaging to agricultural workers to further prevent infection and disease exacerbation.

Contact tracing is a tool that can help slow the spread of infectious diseases, such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Contact tracing helps protect you and your employees by: Letting people know they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Helping people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 get tested, self-quarantine or isolate to prevent spread of disease (CDC).

Intended Audience: Farm/Ranch owner and operators, health and safety professionals, safety officers or specialists, managers, supervisors, safety coordinators, health safety and environmental interns and any person or persons who serve as safety personnel in an agricultural setting.

Objectives: At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to...

  1. Explain the importance of COVID-19 occurrence, distribution and control for agricultural safety. 
  2. Understand how COVID-19 particularly impacts rural areas. 
  3. Identify ways to limit the spread of COVID-19 in an agricultural work environment through contact tracing.
  4. Document at least three evidence based resources on COVID-19 safety in the workplace.

This material was produced under grant number SH-99084-SH0 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 

Emma Bergqvist

Public Health Analyst, AgriSafe Network

AgriSafe Network

Emma is a second year MPH candidate at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a concentration in Epidemiology. She has a Bachelor's degree in Biology, with a minor in Health Policy and Administration. Through her studies she has developed a passion for infectious diseases and public health, both of which she uses in her role as Public Health Analyst at AgriSafe. She critically analyzes emerging health threats that impact the health of agricultural producers. Emma provides data analysis of agricultural health issues, finds practical solutions, and reports statistical and analytical outcomes to stakeholders.

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