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More Food Shortages Loom With Outbreaks at 60 U.S Plants

  • More than 1,000 workers got sick, first national figures show
  • Worker who went on strike for safety demands died from virus
Demonstrators hold signs during a strike outside of a Allan Brothers Fruit apple packing house in Naches, Washington, on May 18, 2020.
Demonstrators hold signs during a strike outside of a Allan Brothers Fruit apple packing house in Naches, Washington, on May 18, 2020.Photographer: David Ryder/Bloomberg
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A caravan of vehicles decorated with black ribbons and memorial pictures crawled through Yakima, Washington, last week to mark the death of David Cruz, a 60-year-old fruit warehouse employee who died after contracting coronavirus. The county, a hub of agricultural activity where workers jam into often crowded factories to package apples and other foods, has the highest per capita infection rate on the West Coast.