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Monterey County Receives 750,000 Masks for Agriculture Workers

Post Date:05/07/2020 3:29 PM

A tremendous delivery to the County today specifically to safeguard essential agricultural workers. 

The Monterey County Emergency Medical Services Agency Medical Operation Area Coordinator (MHOAC) asked for and today received 750,000 procedure masks from the state specifically for agriculture workers. These masks come at no cost to the county or workers and are from State’s emergency stockpile of PPE.

The focus of the request was to safeguard workers in the fields where they often work in close proximity to one another. This shipment will provide 25,000 agricultural workers one mask per day for 30 days.

The MHOAC worked with the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner to identify organizations to get these masks to workers. Organizations that will distribute masks are the Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association, Farm Bureau, Grower-Shipper Association of Central California and the California Strawberry Commission.

What is the MHOAC? It is part of the County Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMS) which coordinates disaster preparedness, equipment and supplies in times of emergency.

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