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Farm workers describe struggles during COVID-19

One employee at a cherry orchard said she works at least 12 hours a day from 5 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m.

ALANA LACKNER, Evergreen reporter

June 15, 2020

Every morning, Neida Regis is out of her house by 4:30 a.m., so she can make it to the orchard by 5. She makes sure to grab her face mask, knowing she will not be back until 5 or 6 p.m., the same as every day during cherry season.  For a month and half, she will have no weekends or time off, jus...

Essential workers on a quiet campus

About 10 people out of 40 are reporting to work for the Mailing Services in the Cooper Publications Building, said Ed Sala, director of WSU Press.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 13, 2020

As essential workers abide by the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, WSU Police has more officers working over the summer compared to prior years. “People have canceled their vacations so there’s more [officers] working,” WSU Police Cpl. Kelly Stewart said. While many people across the na...

Washington defines ‘essential workforce’ for stay-at-home order

Governor Jay Inslee announced a stay at home order for Washington citizens on March 23.

LUKE HUDSON, Evergreen reporter

March 25, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a stay-at-home order on Monday for all Washington residents in response to a growing number of COVID-19 cases statewide. Among those exempt from the order are members of the "essential workforce" in various critical areas such as healthcare, energy and communication. Inslee's ...

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