Michigan Migrant Farm Workers Under Quarantine Due To COVID-19

Jun 21, 2020

In this March 28, 2020, photo, tomatoes sit on the vine ready to be picked.
Credit (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

More than 50 workers at a farm in Coldwater are under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

The outbreak happened at Maroa Farms, which has a greenhouse that grows peppers and tomatoes sold in stores under the Sunset brand.

Many of the workers are temporary foreign workers.

Rebecca Burns is with the health agency for Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph counties.

“Based on how they work in the fields – and they’re pretty separated one apart from another – it seems most likely that transmission occurred in the housing,” Burns says.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says all of the housing camps at the farm were inspected and licensed. And the farm was in compliance with an executive order that was issued to prevent the spread of coronavirus in migrant housing camps.