Agriculture · Fresno

Fresno Co. distributed 1mil pieces of PPE for farmworkers

As Fresno County officials continue to field incoming from community activists and State Asm. Joaquin Arambula (D–Fresno) over its pacing of spending Federal coronavirus funds, a growing question has emerged.

Exactly how have County officials doled out coronavirus resources to rural farmworkers?

The battle over frontline, farmworker relief is just another front in an ever-revolving fight between County Supervisors and State Asm. Joaquin Arambula (D–Fresno) over coronavirus response.

Previously, Arambula and Fresno city officials pushed the Supervisors to speed up their spending.

However, Federal data exposed that Fresno County – in both dollars and percentages – had outstripped the spending pace of federal coronavirus relief funds when compared the City of Fresno .

As for farmworker resources, new data from the Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner’s office puts claims of slow response into question.

The Fresno County Ag Department confirmed to The Sun on. Tuesday that – in consultation with the Fresno County Department of Public Health – it distributed more than 1 million pieces of personal protection equipment to farmworkers.

According to the latest internal figures, Fresno County farming operations received 820,000 disposable face masks, 51,500 N-95 masks, and an additional 130,000 cloth facial coverings for farmworkers.

A department spokesperson said that there is an additional supply of 49,300 N-95 face masks still to-be-distributed.

Daniel Gligich
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.