Olympian Mariel Zagunis

Olympian Mariel Zagunis

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  • Immigrant farmworkers are considered essential employees and are continuing to work during the coronavirus pandemic. But working and living conditions for many mean it’s difficult to take preventative measures like social distancing and quarantining when sick. We hear from OPB reporter Monica Samayoa about her reporting on farmworkers in Oregon impacted by the pandemic. And Dr. Laura Bylerly, medical director for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinic, tells us how the clinic is working to keep farmworkers safe and healthy. 

 

  

  • When Gov. Kate Brown ordered Oregonians to stay at home, she did allow some businesses to keep operating, as long as they could maintain safe distances between people and take precautions to stop the coronavirus from spreading. The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration has received over 2,000 complaints in the last several weeks about employers allegedly violating those mandates. That’s more complaints than OSHA normally fields in an entire year. Michael Wood, the administrator of Oregon OSHA, joins us to talk about what businesses need to do to stay operating and how they will follow up on all the complaints.

 

  

  • Legendary fencer Mariel Zagunis was set to compete in the 2020 Olympics. That would have been her fifth time competing in the Games and her first time since giving birth to her daughter. Then the Games were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Beaverton native tells us what the Olympics postponement means for her, and what comes next.

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