All Salm Partners,
Thank you for your participation in our full company testing last week. All our results are in. If you did not get contacted by HR, it means your test was negative.
Since April, we have completed 6 full company tests and administered 3,113 individual tests. Our testing strategy is as aggressive as any in the nation, and we should all be proud of how we have responded to the pandemic. Coupled with our COVID-19 defenses of wearing a face mask, social distancing, washing your hands, and staying home if sick, we are successfully stopping the spread of COVID-19 inside our walls.
Unfortunately, the COVID situation is not getting better in Northeast Wisconsin. Daily new cases per person in Kewanee, Shawano, Oconto, Winnebago, Calumet, Menominee, Brown, Outagamie, and Marinette counties are in the top 4% of counties in the entire country. Oshkosh, Green Bay, and Appleton are included in the five US cities currently experiencing the worst COVID-19 outbreaks. This weekend, 250 Green Bay doctors sent an open letter to elected officials and the community saying that they are overwhelmed and asking everyone to fight the crisis through wearing a face mask, social distancing, washing your hands, and staying home if sick.
We are all tired of COVID-19 and wish it to be gone. The spread of the virus is taking a large toll on our communities. We are dealing with loss, we are unable to visit loved ones, we are struggling to educate our children, and businesses are straining to stay open. However, until we have access to an effective vaccine, the best we can do is to manage the crisis. The way we manage a disease without a cure is by stopping the spread: wearing a face mask, social distancing, washing hands, and staying home when sick.
The risk the virus poses is undeniable. Over 210,000 Americans have died due to COVID-19 over the last 6 months. Just over 290,000 Americans died in combat in World War II over almost 4 years, a number that may be surpassed in 100 more days. During World War II, Americans were asked to enlist, ration food and supplies, and pay for the war through War bonds. Today, Americans are being asked to fight this disease with the best-known defenses (say it with me): wearing a face mask, social distancing, washing hands, and staying home when sick.
We can and will turn this around through making the right decisions for our community and loved ones. Our collective behaviors will decide the future of this pandemic and quite possibly the health of those we love. Let’s make sure that history books speak not of how COVID-19 divided us but of how we banded together to survive the crisis.
Thank you for your commitment to safety at Salm Partners and thank you for being a positive, supportive voice in our community.
Keith M. Lindsey
President & CEO
Source: New York Times Oct 05, 2020