Virus is taking big toll on farm county in Washington state

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The coronavirus is hitting agricultural Yakima County, Washington, hard, with cases surging far faster than elsewhere in the state. The virus has caused turmoil in the farm and food processing industry, where some fearful workers staged wildcat strikes recently to demand that employers provide safer working conditions. Efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 among the county’s 250,000 residents have so far failed. Yakima County is the only one in Washington that has remained in Phase One lockdown, the harshest stage. While most of the rest of the state is starting to reopen, most businesses remain closed in the county. Gov. Jay Inslee says many people aren’t wearing masks.