Farmworkers risk their health in order to pay the bills in Imperial County, California | USA TODAY


California’s farmworkers are left with a difficult decision during the pandemic – risk their health and life at work or go without food and rent money?

Imperial County, which is 85% Hispanic, has consistently had one of the highest death rates in the United States, at a time when Latinos are one of the hardest-hit ethnic groups in the pandemic, according to data compiled by USA TODAY.

Farmworkers here pull from the ground the lettuce and broccoli that end up on dinner plates across America. This work often means low wages, poor nutrition and scant access to health care – factors that put them in the crosshairs of the coronavirus.

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