“Uncovering COVID’s Hidden Toll on Essential Workers” Virtual Event


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August 7, 2020


A Virtual Event Series

“Uncovering COVID’s Hidden Toll on Essential Workers”

Thursday, August 13th at 4:00pm EST / 1:00pm PST

FRONTLINE presents an important virtual program — the second in a series of discussions about COVID’s toll on essential workers. The upcoming event will be moderated by award-winning journalist, Maria Elena Salinas, and Dolores Huerta, President & Founder, Dolores Huerta Foundation, as well as Maria Echaveste, President/CEO of the Opportunity Institute and Senior Fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies. Joining them in conversation will be Daffodil Altan and Andrés Cediel, the filmmaking team behind COVID’s Hidden Toll. The program will highlight the incredible cost of the pandemic on farm and factory workers who are part of the essential workforce that helps to provide the nation’s food supply. 

The discussion will explore: 

  • The health and financial costs for essential workers who seek to protect themselves and their families with limited information, support, and resources.
  • How there are no national mandatory COVID protections for workers – only voluntary guidelines – and companies are not required to tell their own employees about potential outbreaks. 
  • An analysis of the fragile U.S. food system, and current legislative efforts seeking to establish more aggressive measures to protect food production workers.


Dolores Huerta, President & Founder, Dolores Huerta Foundation
Maria Echaveste, President/CEO of the Opportunity Institute and Senior Fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies
Daffodil Altan, Film Director, COVID’s Hidden Toll
Andrés Cediel, Film Director, COVID’s Hidden Toll 

Moderated by, Maria Elena Salinas, Independent Journalist and CBS News contributor


COVID’s Hidden Toll is supported by Chasing the Dream, a public media initiative from WNET in New York that examines poverty, justice and economic opportunity in America.

This is a free virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom. You must RSVP in order to receive the Zoom link, which will be included in your email confirmation. If you are new to Zoom, please visit this page with instructions on how to get started.

Watch COVID’s HIDDEN TOLL at, in the PBS Video App, or on YouTube.

You can hear more about the reporting for the film by listening to The FRONTLINE Dispatch podcast: “Essential and Unprotected.”

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