WSTFA Air Purifiers Pt 2

WSTFA Air Purifiers Pt 2

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with today’s Fruit Grower Report. Grant money from the Yakima Valley Resilience and Response Fund was put to good use for farmworkers thanks to the actions of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association.

WSTFA President Jon DeVaney says this happened after learning about some air filters with anti-viral properties approved for reducing virus loads in indoor air …

DeVANEY … “We put in an application to get dollars to buy some of those air filters and they gave us a $20,000 grant in order to go out and purchase those for a couple of the non-profit housing providers in the Yakima Valley.”

DeVaney says doesn’t help everyone, but it goes a long way …

DeVANEY … “So, they have not enough units for every apartment that they operate, but they each received a couple of dozen air filters that they can then set up as needed in housing where you might have, you know, a mixed group of people or people with higher level of risk because of underlying health issues to try to make sure that they are as safe as possible.”

And the units, DeVaney says have been delivered …

DeVANEY … “We delivered them here over the past couple of weeks. It took a while to identify exactly what the need was and then decide how to apportion them, but that has now been completed and delivered and they’re in the housing for farmworkers who need them in the units operated by the Diocese of Yakima and Yakima Housing Authority.”

DeVaney says the farmworkers themselves have had a very high rate of vaccination, but having these extra tools available to safely manage farmworker housing a good thing.

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