World Ag Expo officials announce coronavirus precautions ahead of event

Posted at 12:50 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 15:57:16-05

TULARE, Calif. — The 53rd Annual World Ag Expo is quickly approaching, but as cases of the coronavirus continue to rise, officials are announcing precautions ahead of the event.

“The health and safety of everyone at our show is our top priority. We’re working with the right agencies to stay up-to-date on the status of coronavirus and how we can prevent the spread.”
Jerry Sinift International Agri-Center CEO

Show officials said they are working with local, state and federal officials to monitor the situation and develop a plan on the show grounds. No government entity has suggested a change to the planned schedule.

"The HHSA Public Health branch is in close contact with the World Ag Expo in regards to health precautions all travelers and attendees need to be aware of. This includes precautions everyone should take at all times as this is also flu season. Precautions include hand washing, covering coughs, staying home if ill, and contacting a physician if symptoms arise. Travelers who become ill should contact the local health department where they are staying."
Dr. Karen Haught Tulare County Health Officer

Officials said they will be adding more hand washing stations on World Ag Expo grounds because washing hands with soap and water is one of the best defenses against illness.

The World Ag Expo is scheduled to take place at the International Agri-Center from Feb. 11-13.

1,450 exhibitors will display the latest in farm equipment, chemicals, communications, and technology on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space.
The public is welcome to attend and explore the grounds. General admission costs $15 and children 6 and under get in for free.