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*Printed materials available to California strawberry companies from the commission. Call the Commission to obtain materials at 831.724.1301.
*Printed materials available to California strawberry companies from the commission. Call the Commission to obtain materials at 831.724.1301.



County Resources

Contact information for COVID-19 testing, healthcare, food, housing, childcare, and county resources. Click the county to view resources.

Monterey

Healthcare

  • Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System 7am-7pm daily
    831.755.0793
  • Natividad Medical Center 7am-11pm
    831.772.7365

Housing

  • Montery County Health Dept. Hotline
    831.769.8700 or 831.755.4251
  • FAQs

Testing

Food Assistance

Child Care

SOPs & Additional Resources


Santa Cruz

Healthcare

  • Call Center 8am-6pm daily - 831.454.4242
    Outside of these hours - dial 211
    or text "covid19" to 211211

Testing

Food Assistance

  • Catholic Charities: (831) 724-3922
  • Community Bridges: (831) 688-8840
  • Second Harvest Food Bank sites:
    (831) 662-0991
  • Food Distribution School Sites:
  • Pajaro Valley Unified School District:
    (831) 786-2100
  • Santa Cruz County Office of Education:
    (831) 466-5600

Child Care

  • 2-1-1 (United Way of Santa Cruz)

SOPs & Additional Resources


San Benito

Healthcare

  • COVID Public Health Services 831.637.5367
    or Dial 211

Housing

  • Homeless Services: 831.801.7775

Testing

Food Assistance

Child Care

SOPs & Additional Resources


Ventura

Healthcare

  • Information Hotline - 805.465.6650

Housing

  • VC Housing Authority - 805.480.9991

Testing

  • Ventura Testing Hotline- 805.652.7660


Santa Barbara

Healthcare

Housing

  • Emergency Housing: 211
    or 800.400.1572

Testing

Food Assistance

  • County Call Center 9:30am - 5:30pm Mon-Fri
    833. 688.5551

Child Care

SOPs & Additional Resources


San Luis Obispo

Healthcare

  • Public Health Information Line
    805.543.2444
    Weekdays 8am-5pm
    Weekends 8am-4pm

Housing

  • 805-544-4004
    or 805-202-3056

Testing

Testing Sites:

  • Grover Beach
    Ramona Garden Park Center
    993 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach
    (No walk-up registrations permitted)
  • Paso Robles
    Paso Robles Veterans Center
    240 Scott St, Paso Robles
    (No walk-up registrations permitted)
  • Optumserve (State Locations)
    Mon-Fri 8am-8pm 888.634.1123

Food Assistance

Child Care

  • CAPSLO

    South County: (805) 474-2062
    or (888) 727-2272

SOPs & Additional Resources

Five County Summary

Current Information

Where can I get current information?      

Most reliable information can be found through the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC), and your local county health department.  

CDC General Information: https://link.calstrawberry.com/72g.  

California-specific information: https://link.calstrawberry.com/mn9.  

Can the virus be transmitted via fresh produce? There is no evidence demonstrating that fresh produce can transmit the virus.  A study published in 2013 demonstrated that a different strain of coronavirus does not transmit well on produce. This study can be found at this link: https://link.calstrawberry.com/l91

CDC reports that the virus is, 'spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).' 

For example, people who work in an office or confined spaces are likely at higher risk than people who work on a farm. 

What can I tell my customers? 

Rigorous food safety and worker safety standards are a critical part of the culture on strawberry farms in California to protect both consumers and farmworkers. Strawberry farmworkers receive extensive training specific to food safety as well as information on how to keep themselves and their co-workers healthy. This training emphasizes proper handwashing techniques and continual reminders to stay home when sick and seek proper medical care when needed. Videos in English, Spanish and Mixtec (an indigenous language spoken in southern Mexico) help to reinforce this information: https://link.calstrawberry.com/6ly.   

What can I tell my employees? 

CDC recommends everyday preventive actions, similar to preventing a cold or flu. The commission's Food Safety Training Program includes specific chapters about staying healthy and proper handwashing. This might be a good time to review these chapters with crews. 

Videos are available in English, Spanish and Mixteco at this link: https://link.calstrawberry.com/9aj

A training poster for coronavirus can be found at this link:  https://link.calstrawberry.com/ys9

Additionally, there is a basic information video about coronavirus provided by WHO: https://link.calstrawberry.com/5ru

The best things that you can do to protect yourself (and your family and your co-workers) is to follow the same precautions you would use for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and foodborne illness: 

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces (door handles, light switches, printer/copier buttons) frequently.
  • Thoroughly wash shared kitchen dishes and utensils with hot water and soap.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow, or into a clean tissue, and immediately dispose of that tissue in a trash can. 

If asked about health care available to the field worker population: In California, all employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide health insurance for their employees who work 30 or more hours per week. Additionally, California farm workers receive paid sick leave.    

What can my business do to prepare? 

  1. Follow your standard food safety plans, including review of the commission videos on staying healthy and proper hand washing (referenced above). 
  2. Consider social distancing, such as spacing between harvest workers, as well as spacing during breaks. 
  3. Prepare for possible shortages of equipment and supplies (such as PPE - personal protection equipment) that might disrupt production.  

The CDC has posted guidance for businesses and employers, and will update should new information become available: https://link.calstrawberry.com/zld

For Shippers 

FMI issued a document, Coronavirus and Pandemic Preparedness for the Food Industry. This resource can be found at the following link: https://www.fmi.org/food-safety/coronavirus.   

The commission will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as additional pertinent information becomes available. 

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