UC Davis leads grassroots effort to screen migrant workers and their families for COVID-19

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Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola of UC Davis Health and Esmeralda Garza of Yolo County discuss the ÓRALE COVID-19 testing initiative one afternoon in Knights Landing.

A crucial effort by UC Davis Health to detect COVID-19 among farmworkers and other vulnerable populations has resulted in more than 17,000 coronavirus rapid tests given to residents of four Central California counties. 

Underway since early February, the effort known as ÓRALE offers free COVID-19 screening primarily to Latinos with a focus on agricultural essential workers at locations and hours convenient to them, including churches, community centers, and migrant housing centers. ÓRALE is the product of a $3.7-million National Institutes of Health grant to UC Davis intended to improve the health of populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic. 

 

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