Monterey County Farm Bureau

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 - What You Need to Know


Monterey County Farm Bureau notes that, in this unprecedented time as agricultural employers work to navigate the continually evolving changes relative to the coronavirus COVID-19, it is essential that everyone stays informed on government guidance, industry best practices and practical resources. Below is a compiled list of information resources that address the myriad of elements when understanding the COVID-19 impacts. We encourage everyone to access these sites daily to stay full informed.
NOTE: Monterey County Shelter-in-Place Order extended to May 31st - download here.

Resources available on-line:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements
to Protect Workers from Coronavirus

EPA Expands COVID-19 Disinfectant List

California Response to COVID-19

California Department of Public Health
Coronavirus Call Center: (916) 558-1784

CalOSHA Workplace Guidance for COVID-19 Employers
Download guidance and recommendations here

Monterey County Public Health Department
Visit Website for Information on Stay-at-Home Order and Posting Requirements
Facial Coverings Order effective 4/30/2020 here with FAQs here

Hotlines to Local Hospitals for Personal Health Inquiries (7am - 11pm, daily)
Natividad Health Center: 831-755-0793
Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital: 831-722-7365

Required Posting
The U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) has released its employer workplace information poster on FFCRA leaves.  If you employ fewer than 500 employees and are covered by FFCRA leave requirements PRINT & POST ALONG WITH OTHER WORKPLACE POSTINGS.
You can read more here.  Download the ENGLISH language poster here.  Download the SPANISH language poster here.

FMLA Information for Paid Sick Leave
The Department has also released guidance for employers on implementation of expanded Family & Medical Leave Act leaves and new federal Paid Sick Leave required by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Guidance includes a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers, and Questions & Answers.  Notably, DOL now takes the position that implementation begins April 1, 2020, not April 2 as previously widely reported.  You can read more here.

Relief Programs
SBA Disaster Load Assistance Program - webpage
SBA Loan Tutorial - webpage
Find an SBA Loan Lender - searchable webpage
USDA Resource Guide for Federal Relief Programs - webpage
USDA Rural Development Relief Information available here.
Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Resources and Office Hours here.


California Farm Bureau Industry Resources available here.
California Farm Bureau Consumer Answers & Resources available here.

Shelter-in-Place Order

Monterey County issued the Shelter In Place (SIP) Order on March 17th to run indefinitely.

Food production, processing, shipping, and related supply businesses are deemed as 'essential' during this period, per the order:

"Any form of cultivation of products for personal consumption or use, including farming, ranching, livestock, and fishing, and associated activities, including but not limited to, activities or businesses associated with planting, growing, harvesting, processing, cooling, storing, packaging, and transporting such products, or the wholesale or retail sale of such products, provided that, to the extent possible, such businesses comply with Social Distancing Requirements and otherwise provide for the health and safety of their employees."

The term 'shelter in place' is a more rigorous form of ‘social distancing.'  The goal is to limit groups congregating together to stop the further spread the virus; it is not a complete social shutdown. It means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for one of the designated exceptions. For most people, this means you and those you live with should remain at home. You can leave your home for specified reasons to make sure you have the necessities of life such as getting food and medical supplies. You are also allowed to go outside to take care of pets, go on a walk, and just get outside, so long as you do not congregate in a group and maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people.

Download the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here.

Please continue to practice the other precautionary measures such as handwashing and using sanitizer and if you are sick you should self-isolate, including, to the extent you can, from others you live with.

NOTE: On March 19th, Governor Newsom issued a "Stay at Home" order that also supports food and agriculture as an 'essential' service, also in place indefinitely.

If you have specific questions about what activities are covered under the SIP Order, check out the information on the Monterey County Health Department webpage www.mtyhd.org/covid19.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

  • Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and other retail that sells food and beverage products
  • Restaurant carry-out and quick serve food operations - Carry-out and delivery food employees
  • Food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees—to include those employed in food processing (packers, meat processing, cheese plants, milk plants, produce, etc.) facilities; livestock, poultry, seafood slaughter facilities; pet and animal feed processing facilities; human food facilities producing by-products for animal food; beverage production facilities; and the production of food packaging
  • Farm workers to include those employed in animal food, feed, and ingredient production, packaging, and distribution; manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs; truck delivery and transport; farm and fishery labor needed to produce our food supply domestically
  • Farm workers and support service workers to include those who field crops; commodity inspection; fuel ethanol facilities; storage facilities; and other agricultural inputs
  • Employees and firms supporting food, feed, and beverage distribution, including warehouse workers, vendor-managed inventory controllers and blockchain managers
  • Workers supporting the sanitation of all food manufacturing processes and operations from wholesale to retail
  • Company cafeterias - in-plant cafeterias used to feed employees
  • Workers in food testing labs in private industries and in institutions of higher education
  • Workers essential for assistance programs and government payments
  • Employees of companies engaged in the production of chemicals, medicines, vaccines, and other substances used by the food and agriculture industry, including pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, minerals, enrichments, and other agricultural production aids
  • Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health; manufacturing and distribution of animal medical materials, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed ingredients, feed, and bedding, etc.; transportation of live animals, animal medical materials; transportation of deceased animals for disposal; raising of animals for food; animal production operations; slaughter and packing plants and associated regulatory and government workforce
  • Workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood products
  • Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary to agricultural production and distribution