The COVID-19 pandemic does not recognize any border barrier and working as a binational region will be the only way to stop the spread locally.
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia and Baja California Senator Alejandra Leon Gastelum announced at a press conference held in Calexico, a binational project called the “Healthy Routes for Essential Workers” Health Without Borders/Salud Sin Fronteras.
The project aims to protect essential workers, such as farmworkers, by distributing masks to them as they cross the border for work.
This is part of ongoing efforts to foster greater binational cooperation to improve public health and economic justice while highlighting the important role community-based organizations play in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
“We need this collaboration to continue to protect our essential workers on both sides of the border,” Assemblyman Garcia said. “We need to make sure our field workers have the necessary protection to avoid being infected by COVID-19. We are one community and we need to continue educating or families on both sides of the border so they can be protected.”
Imperial County has already distributed one million masks to field workers as part of an initiative to protect essential workers that cross the borders every day.
Baja California Senator Alejandra Leon was at the event and said the binational collaboration will continue to protect the people.
“We need to protect the health of our population by working on binational issues such as this one. Hopefully, we can open our borders in the coming weeks since it’s important for the economic development of our region,” Senator Leon said.
Imperial County Supervisor Luis Plancarte spoke about the county’s work to help field workers by distributing masks during this pandemic.
“We need to stop the spread of COVID-19 by working together as a region,” Plancarte said.