Judge won't stop virus tests for migrant farm and food workers

Posted at 8:06 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 20:12:17-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge won't block a requirement that Michigan farm workers get tested for the coronavirus, rejecting claims that it violates the rights of Hispanics.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a handful of workers and some fruit producers.

But farm worker advocates are in favor of the tests.

Compliance starts Monday under an order from the state health department.

Federal Judge Paul Maloney says the order is neutral, noting it doesn't mention Hispanics or any other race.

The state says the tests are intended to protect vulnerable people who live in close quarters.