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76 local transient farmworkers test positive for COVID-19
June 11, 2020
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Alachua County’s COVID-19 count took a big jump today, as 76 transient farmworkers tested positive for COVID-19.
Paul Myers, Alachua County Administrator for the Department of Health, said the Department received notification on Friday that some people who had tested positive in Miami-Dade had traveled to Alachua County. These people are part of a transient group of farmworkers who currently live in a facility in Alachua County.
The Health Department tested everyone in the community on Saturday, and today 76 of the tests came back positive, while 14 are still pending. Myers said most of the farmworkers are asymptomatic, and those who have symptoms are “mildly ill.” There have been no hospitalizations related to the outbreak.
The group has been isolated, and the outbreak is not expected to affect the broader community.
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