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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge won't block a requirement that Michigan farm workers get tested for the coronavirus, rejecting claims that it violates the rights of Hispanics. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a handful of workers as well as some fruit producers. But farm worker advocates are in favor of the tests. Compliance starts Monday under an order from the state health department. Federal Judge Paul Maloney says the order is neutral, noting it doesn't mention Hispanics or any other race.

Michigan Orders Tests On Ag Migrant Workers After Outbreaks

Aug 3, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has ordered coronavirus testing of agricultural and migrant workers, citing 11 outbreaks at farms and food-processing plants in recent weeks. Under Monday's emergency order from the state Department of Health and Human Services, migrant housing camp operators must do initial baseline testing of all residents age 18 and older. New residents must be tested within 48 hours of their arrival. Agricultural operations with more than 20 workers on site at a time must also ensure testing. The requirement applies to meat, poultry and egg processing plants; greenhouses; and employers hiring migrant or seasonal workers who don't live on site.

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