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Oregon To Distribute Masks, Hand Sanitizer To Ag Workers This Week

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The state of Oregon is distributing personal protection equipment to agricultural workers this week.

Nearly one million KN95 masks will be available, along with five-thousand gallons of hand sanitizer. Distribution takes place Wednesday and Thursday and will be free for farmworkers and agricultural producers. According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, KN95 masks can help slow the spread of COVID-19. They’re not meant to be used in a medical setting.

Some advocates say farmworkers are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus because of living quarters and working conditions that can lead to the virus’ spread. Oregon OSHA will start enforcing temporary rules next month that are designed to increase sanitation and social distancing at labor intensive farm operations. 

Distribution infomation for:

Linn, Benton Counties

Wednesday, May 27, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. or until supplies run out

33630 McFarland Rd, Tangent

Lane County:

Thursday, May 28, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. or until supplies run out

796 W. 13th Ave, Eugene

Deschutes County:

Thursday, May 28, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. or until supplies run out

3800 SW Airport Way, Building #4, Redmond

Lincoln County:

Thursday, May 28, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. or until supplies run out

1211 SE Bay Blvd, Newport

Douglas County:

Thursday, May 28, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. or until supplies run out

333 NE Jackson St, Roseburg

For all other counties, visit the Oregon Department of Agriculture's website.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”