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Lawsuit regarding ag, migrant worker COVID-19 testing dismissed

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Posted at 8:10 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 20:10:18-04

LANSING, Mich. — A lawsuit contesting COVID-19 testing requirements for agricultural and food processing workers has been dismissed.

The complaint against the state in Castillo v. Whitmer was that requiring COVID-19 testing at certain-sized operations infringed on migrant workers’ civil rights.

The state implemented the order after 11 outbreaks at farms and food-processing plants over the summer.

“MDHHS is pleased that we will be able to move forward with testing that will save lives,” the department said. “We look forward to continuing to work with farms, food processing plants and migrant worker camps to protect their employees from COVID-19. Farms have been hit hard with COVID-19 and testing is one of the best tools we have for limiting the spread.”

Migrant housing camp operators must do initial baseline testing of all residents age 18 and older.