COVID-19’s Impact on Mink Farms

COVID-19’s impact on the economy has broadened to include one particularly susceptible area of agriculture: fur farming. Mink farms in various states have begun to report high mortality rates including: 2,000 dead livestock on one farm in Medford, Wisconsin; “several” mink in Lansing, Michigan; and nearly 10,000 deaths throughout the state of Utah. It appears that mink are susceptible to contracting COVID-19 through human contact, though there does not appear science to support the reverse (human infection from animal).