Based on the increase in COVID cases nationwide and evidence that vaccinated people can pass the virus to the unvaccinated, the CDC has updated their guidance to say that people in areas of high COVID transmission must wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The USDA has issued a directive saying that all USDA inspected facilities must follow the CDC’s guidance. Plants that do not will lose their inspection, which means that they cannot operate. Brown County is experiencing high transmission, so Salm Partners must reinstate masks in our facility to be allowed to operate. Therefore, starting Sunday August 8th, to protect our partners and continue operations, all partners must wear a mask inside our facility. Additionally, we will enact the following:
Salm Partners is committed to the health and wellness of all Partners and will continue to take guidance from the Brown County Public Health Department and Centers for Disease Contol and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the best practices for reducing COVID transmission are in place. Besides masks, we will continue to request partners to practice social distancing at 6 feet, stay home if feeling ill, frequently wash your hands, and maintain the standard good manufacturing practices to reduce the spread of COVID. Furthermore, the best way to protect yourself from being hospitalized with COVID-19 is to be vaccinated. According to the CDC, almost all the hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 are in unvaccinated people. We encourage all partners to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families, and their co-workers.
Thanks for making Salm Partners a safe place to work.
Keith M. Lindsey
President & CEO