COVID-19 Situation | March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Situation

March 13, 2020

To All Salm Partners,

On behalf of Salm Partners, we want to let you know that we are closely monitoring the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, and we are committed to keeping you informed with the latest guidance and expert resources. Please know that our top priority during this time is the health and well-being of our partners and their families.

Given the uncertainty of the issue and the rapidly evolving situation, we understand things will change. We encourage all our partners to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidance to help prevent the spread of the virus, stay safe and healthy, and to make the decision that is right for each individual.

To help our partners during this time, we are providing guidance on key considerations for personal behavior, business travel, visitors, personal travel, and food safety.

Personal Behavior

We ask all partners to take steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases in the workplace. The current recommendations from the CDC are on their website at CDC Steps to Prevent Illness and include:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your mouth with tissues or use the inside of your elbow whenever you sneeze or cough
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and help keep our shared spaces clean
  • Practice social distancing (keeping space between you and others)
  • Avoiding shaking hands and other personal contact with others

Please contact your supervisor and refer to the CDC’s recommendations if you are feeling ill. Partners who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure. Contact your supervisor if you are confirmed to have COVID-19. Partners will be notified of possible exposure, but the identity of the infected partner will stay confidential as required by the ADA. As always, all partners will follow our anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, anti-bullying and anti-retaliation policy.

Until further notice, “pot-luck” or other food sharing events are not allowed at Salm Partners. Also, large meetings, such as training and townhalls, will be postponed.

Business Travel

Effective immediately, Salm Partners is halting all nonessential domestic travel, including conferences, training, trade shows, etc. “Nonessential” means that unless the reason for travel is related to an operational continuity issue, partners should find a way to conduct the meeting virtually. Above all – if you are not comfortable traveling, do not travel. Business travel must be approved by a member of the Executive Team to be considered essential.

Visitors to Salm Partners

Effective immediately, Salm Partners is halting all nonessential visitors. “Nonessential” means that unless the reason for the visit is related to an operational continuity issue, partners should find a way to conduct the meeting virtually. A visitor must be approved by a member of the Executive Team to be considered essential. All essential visitors will be required to sign a Salm Partners Visitor Acknowledgement.

Personal Travel

The CDC has classified COVID-19 as a global pandemic and defined all locations as “Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions”. If you have upcoming personal travel, please take notice of travel alerts issued by public health authorities and use prudent judgement. According to the CDC’s information on travel in the United States, crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Partners who have been in contact with a person who has travelled to a CDC Level 3 location should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.

Partners who travel to a CDC Level 3 location or a state currently experiencing community transmission (currently Washington, New York, and California) must alert Human Resources. We will consider appropriate measures on a case‐by‐case basis, including requiring that partners self‐quarantine for 14 days upon their return.

Food Safety

The FDA, USDA, and Department of Agriculture have released the following statement:

We are not aware of any reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update our guidance as needed. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to your manager, human resources, or the environmental health and safety team.

Here are some additional resources to help you stay informed:

CDC Steps to Prevent Illness

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel

WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

Brown County Health Covid-19

Wisc Department of Health Services COVID-19

Sincerely,

The Executive Team

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