New virus rules for farms, nursing homes in Washington state

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Employers must provide agricultural workers with face masks, more hand-washing stations and more frequently disinfect work surfaces under new coronavirus rules established by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. The new rules are intended to protect the approximately 100,000 farmworkers in the state from getting the coronavirus. Also Thursday, Secretary of Health John Wiesman signed an order for all residents and staff in nursing homes to be tested for COVID-19 by June 12. The nation’s first deadly coronavirus outbreak was at a Seattle-area nursing home where more than 40 people died.