A surge in coronavirus cases in one of the country’s top regions for apples and sweet cherries is challenging agricultural operations already limited by rules aimed at preventing such outbreaks, underscoring the difficulty of keeping farmworkers safe.

Recent emergency regulations issued by Washington state to curb outbreaks of coronavirus among farmworkers living in temporary housing are slowing fieldwork in Yakima Valley, but the virus is still spreading, according to agricultural employers and the Yakima Health District….

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