Immokalee residents line up for COVID-19 tests conducted by Florida National Guard, with support of the Florida Department of Health in Collier County on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at the Florida Department of Health in Immokalee. (Photo: Jon Austria/Naples Daily News USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA)
The state agriculture department is stepping in to boost COVID-19 testing among farmworkers but Immokalee isn’t slated for help, according to state officials.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is working with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to provide more testing among farmworkers in advance of the fall harvest season. The state’s Division of Emergency Management will also be involved.
However, Collier is not targeted for ramped up testing even though Immokalee in eastern Collier was a hot spot for COVID-19 when migrant farmworkers were still present this past spring.
Immokalee is the hub of the $4 billion that agriculture