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Migrant Farmworker Guidance

How can I protect myself, my crew, friends, and family from COVID-19?

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before to eating, during breaks, after using the restroom, and when you return home from work. Wash hands throughout the day when convenient.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue or use the inside of your elbow.  Wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use a cloth face covering at work and in public when social distancing of 6 feet or more cannot be maintained. When at home, use a mask if you share housing and cannot maintain 6 feet  distance from others. Do not touch the front of the mask. Wash the cloth mask each day after using it.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Maintain social distance (6 feet). Avoid close contact with people at work, in public, and at home if you live in shared housing.
  • Stay home. Only go out for essential needs, such as to buy food or go to work.

Clean frequently touched surfaces daily using soap and water, especially if you live in shared housing.  This includes  door handles, countertops, light switches, tables, television remotes, toilets, faucets,  showers, and  cell phones.

What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

  •  Notify your supervisor. They should have a policy about who needs to stay at home, and they may direct you for care.
  • Stop Working. If you are sick, you should rest. You should get tested. And you should not infect your co-workers or others at home.
  • Isolate yourself. This means you should stay separated from people you live with and from co-workers. After you get tested for COVID-19, you will get advice about how to stay healthy and lower your risk.
  • Rest until you feel better.
  •  You can have a telehealth appointment, which will be a phone call with a nurse or doctor, or you can go to the clinic and see a nurse or doctor in person.
  • You can get free COVID-19 diagnostic testing and testing-related services from the clinics listed below.

Southern Illinois: Shawnee Health Service

Telephone: (618) 519-9200
Locations: Carbondale, Carterville, Marion, Murphysboro

North/Central Illinois: Community Health Partnership of Illinois

Aurora (630) 859-0015
Harvard (815) 943-4339
Kankakee (815) 932-6045
Mendota (815) 539-6124
Princeville (309) 363-5089
Champaign (217) 893-3052

If you do not live near these clinics, they can help you find a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).  If you are unable to contact a FQHC or one of the other facilities listed for medical assistance, call your local health department.  If you have a medical emergency, call 911.

Last Updated:  7/2/2020

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