Now is the time to be aware of the need to limit exposure and risks related to COVID-19 for you and everyone who lives and works on your farm.
As always, it is critical to practice bio-security for the safety of animals and the public. It is now critical to also consider ways to limit person-to-person contact, congregate in settings of no more than ten people, and maintain social distance of six feet. What does that look like on your farm?
- Develop a farm plan for this virus, and to communicate that plan on a regular basis with all who live and work on their farm. This situation is changing daily, so we also encourage repeated conversations over the coming weeks. Penn State Extension has created a document to help farms develop plans. This resource can be found here
- The CDC has developed excellent materials, including posters that you can display on site to help everyone understand the best ways to protect themselves from the virus. These can be found here
- Consider who is coming to your farm – employees and visitors. Consider logging or tracking that information which could help in the event of a positive case in your area. Screen and distance arriving workers to ensure health and safety.
- Limit person-to-person interactions and create more distance between workers out in the field.
- Set up handwashing and sanitation stations in accessible places. If you share equipment, do you have a plan to sanitize frequently touched surfaces?
- And, heaven forbid you experience a positive virus case in your family or your workforce. What is your plan to help support those who fall sick, including quarantine and health care measures, while still moving forward with the work that has to be done this season? Cornell University has created checklists to help mitigate risk and document any illness here.
Additional, resources can be found at ilfb.org/covid19.